Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life nominated for 2014 RBC Taylor Prize

Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life by David Stouck has been nominated for the prestigious 2014 RBC Taylor Prize.

Published by Douglas & McIntyre, the book is an intimate portrait of the brilliant and controversial architect who put Canada on the world stage. It is the first full biography of Erickson, who died in 2009 at the age of 84, and traces his life from its modest origins to his emergence on the world stage. Brilliantly written and superbly researched, it is a provocative look at the phenomenon of cultural heroes and the nature of what we call “genius.”

Of the book, Macleans magazine said, “Stouck…offers a serious, sympathetic portrait of a walking contradiction.”
BC Studies praised the book, saying, “David Stouck has written a remarkable history. More than a biography, it is an encompassing account of a remarkable figure in later modern Canadian and international cultural history.”
The RBC Taylor Prize, commemorating Charles Taylor’s pursuit of excellence in literary non-fiction, is awarded to one author each year. The prize consists of $25,000 plus promotional support. During the award ceremony in Toronto, the winner will announce his or her choice for the RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writer’s Award: $10,000 and the opportunity to be mentored by the winner. The winner will also be invited to read at the International Festival of Authors, held in October at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. 
The shortlist for the award will be announced on January 15, 2014 and the winner will be announced on March 10, 2014.