The shortlist for The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction was just announced and I'm pleased as punch that one of our authors made the list- Ana Siljak for Angel of Vengeance: The 'Girl Assassin', the Governor of St. Petersburg, and Russia's Revolutionary World'.
Angel of Vengeance is one of three shortlisted titles selected by a jury comprised of previous Charles Taylor Award winner Warren Carriou; Globe and Mail national affairs columnist and officer of the Order of Canada Jeffrey Simpson; and recipient of the Governor General’s Award Shirley Thomson.
From the Jury on Angel of Vengeance:
RANGING FROM THE COURTS of St. Petersburg to peasant huts, this meticulously researched book tells the dramatic and little-known story of one woman’s act of political desperation and her very public trial. It is also a much broader portrait of ideological struggles in nineteenth-century Russia, revealing the devastating conflict between a society that could not find a way to change and those who demanded that it must. The author provides added contemporary resonance to the story by masterfully penetrating the minds of terrorists.
The other titles that have been shortlisted are Sugar: A Bittersweet History by Elizabeth Abbott (Penguin Canada) and Shock Troops: Canadians Fighting the Great War, 1917 – 1918, Volume Two by Tim Cook (Viking Canada)
The winner will be announced at an awards luncheon Monday, February 8, 2009.