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Ben McNally Books and Brunch: RBC Taylor Prize

March 3, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm



Sunday, March 3, 10:00 am


King Edward Hotel, 37 King St E.

Brunch is served in the Vanity Fair Ballroom on the second floor of the King Edward Hotel.

Tickets are $60.00 each (taxes included) and must be purchased in advance.

Tickets are non-refundable.

Please call us at 416.361.0032 with your credit card information to reserve tickets. Or, you can purchase tickets online through Eventbrite.

This Books and Brunch will feature the five 2019 RBC Taylor Prize finalists. 

 Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age by Darrel McLeod

Douglas and McIntyre


Beautifully written, honest and thought-provoking, Mamaskatch—named for the Cree word used as a response to dreams shared—is ultimately an uplifting account of overcoming personal and societal obstacles. In spite of the traumas of Darrel’s childhood, deep and mysterious forces handed down by his mother helped him survive and thrive: her love and strength stayed with him to build the foundation of what would come to be a very fulfilling and adventurous life.

 All Things Consoled: A Daughter’s Memoir by Elizabeth Hay

McClelland & Stewart


In this startlingly beautiful memoir, with brutal candor and irresistible wit, Elizabeth Hay offers insight into the exquisite agony of a family’s dynamics–sibling rivalries, miscommunications that spur decades of resentment all matched by true and genuine love and devotion–and reaches a deep understanding of the most unforgettable characters she will ever know, the vivid giants who were her parents.

Lands of Lost Borders by Kate Harris

Knopf Canada


In the spirit of The Places in Between and Into the Silence, this is a transcendent memoir about travelling wildly out of bounds on the fabled Silk Road. Like Rebecca Solnit and Pico Iyer before her, Kate Harris offers a travel narrative at once exuberant and meditative, wry and rapturous. Weaving adventure and deep reflection with the history of science and exploration, Lands of Lost Borders explores the nature of limits and the wildness of a world that, like the self and like the stars, can never be fully mapped.

Jan in 35 Pieces: A Memoir in Music by Ian Hampton

Porcupine’s Quill

In his memoir, Jan in 35 Pieces, acclaimed cellist Ian Hampton recounts his years of music and camaraderie, ably capturing his life-long dedication to the history and culture of classical musical performance.

Just Let Me Look at You by Bill Gaston

Penguin Canada

From Giller-nominated, award-winning Bill Gaston, a tender, wry, and unforgettable memoir about alcohol, fishing, and all the things fathers and sons won’t say to each other. Warm, insightful, and often funny, Just Let Me Look at You captures every father’s inexpressible tenderness, and the ways in which the words for love often come too late for all of us.


March 3, 2019
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Event Category:


King Edward Hotel
Toronto, Ontario M5C 1 E9 Canada
(416) 863-9700


Ben McNally Books
416 361-0032