TORONTO - Books about Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Rene Levesque, newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst and a boy's rare affliction have been shortlisted for the Charles Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction.
Ian Brown's "The Boy in the Moon: A Father's Search For His Disabled Son" chronicles his son Walker's struggles with a rare genetic mutation.
"Just Watch Me: The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, 1968 - 2000," by John English, is the second volume in a two-part biography.
"Rene Levesque," by Daniel Poliquin, examines the life of a man who was seen in different parts of Canada as either a nation-building hero or a nation-destroying villain.
And Kenneth Whyte's "The Uncrowned King: The Sensational Rise of William Randolph Hearst" explores the battle between American newspaper publishers Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer.
The winner of the Charles Taylor Prize, which will be announced Feb. 8, will receive $25,000. The other three finalists will receive $2,000 each.
The four titles were gleaned from a crop of 125 Canadian titles by jurors Andrew Cohen, Tim Cook and Sheila Fischman.