Rosemary Sullivan


Biographer and poet, Rosemary Sullivan is a professor emeritus at the University of Toronto. Her 14 books include the critically acclaimed Villa Air-Bel: World War II, Escape and a House in Marseille and Labyrinth of Desire: Women, Passion and Romantic Obsession. Shadow Maker, her biography of Gwendolyn MacEwen, was awarded the Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction. In 2012 she became an Officer of the Order of Canada. Her most recent book, Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva, won the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize, the BC Non-Fiction Award, the RBC Charles Taylor prize, and was a finalist for the American PEN Award for Biography, the NBCC Award and the Plutarch IOB Award. It has been sold in 21 countries.

Stalin’s Daughter, by Rosemary Sullivan, is the winner of the 2016 RBC Taylor Prize for Literary Nonfiction. The $25,000 award was announced on March 7, 2016.

Stalin’s Daughter is a biography of Svetlana Alliluyeva, the daughter of dictator Josef Stalin. Sullivan also won the Hilary Weston Prize and the BC National Book Award for this book.

Years Participated: 2016

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