It has been a good couple of weeks for Ian Brown, who today was announced as the winner of the $25,000 Charles Taylor prize for non-fiction for his memoir The Boy in the Moon: A father's search for his disabled son. A few weeks ago Brown won the $40,000 British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction for the same book.
The Taylor prize is named for the late author, essayist and former Globe and Mail correspondent, who died in 1997.
The winning book is Brown's account of the struggle he and his wife Joanna Schneller have waged to deal with their son's rare genetic syndrome. Another finalist for the prize were Kenneth Whyte, the publisher and editor-in-chief of Maclean's for The Sensational Rise of William Randolph Hearst, which was also a finalist for the BC award. Other Taylor Prize finalists were John English for Just Watch Me: The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau,1968 - 2000 and Daniel Poliquin for René Lévesque.Brown is a Globe and Mail feature writer and TVO host, but also a frequent National Magazine Award winner (he has won 7 gold medals, 5 silver and has been a finalist 27 times.)