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Rosemary Sullivan wins RBC Taylor Prize

Latest of many awards for “Stalin's Daughter” author

University of Toronto Professor Emerita Rosemary Sullivan has won the prestigious RBC Taylor Prize for Literary Nonfiction for Stalin's Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva

A professor of English and a noted critic, poet and biographer, Sullivan beat out several others for the $25,000 prize, which was awarded by a jury consisting of Susanne Boyce, Joseph Kertes and Munk School of Global Affairs Director Stephen J. Toope.

Sullivan will be invited to read at the International Festival of Authors, held in October at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto and will receive promotional support for her book, as part of the award package. Sullivan has also won the Hilary Weston Prize and the BC National Book Award for her biography of the daughter of former USSR dictator Josef Stalin.

Last October, Diana Kuprel, a writer with the Faculty of Arts & Science, interviewed Sullivan for U of T News. That interview, and an audio excerpt from Stalin’s Daughter, can be found here