Five Books Lift the Cover Off Canadian Politics
Writers’ Trust Names Finalists for Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
March 21, 2017 – Toronto – The Writers’ Trust of Canada has named the five finalists for the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. The winner will be announced in Ottawa on May 10, 2017, at the Politics and the Pen gala.
Finalist books include an exploration of race in a globalized world; a critique of the Canadian judiciary from a veteran court reporter; a deconstruction of the myths surrounding Canada’s most celebrated military victory; an inside look at one province’s turbulent election year; and a memoir from a former Shaughnessy Cohen Prize finalist on his bid for a federal seat in government.
The finalists, selected by a jury composed of CBC foreign correspondent Nahlah Ayed, National Post columnist Colby Cosh, and former Member of Parliament Megan Leslie, are:
Kamal Al-Solaylee for Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (To Everyone), published by HarperCollins Canada
Christie Blatchford for Life Sentence: Stories from Four Decades of Court Reporting – Or, How I Fell Out of Love with the Canadian Justice System (Especially Judges), published by Doubleday Canada
Ian McKay and Jamie Swift for The Vimy Trap: Or, How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Great War, published by Between the Lines
James McLeod for Turmoil, as Usual: Politics in Newfoundland and Labrador and the Road to the 2015 Election, published by Creative Publishers
Noah Richler for The Candidate: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, published by Doubleday Canada
The Shaughnessy Cohen Prize is sponsored by Aimia Inc. and supported by the Politics and the Pen gala. Read more information on this year’s finalists and download images of the nominated authors and their books.
About the Prize
Now in its 17th year, the prize is awarded annually for a book of literary nonfiction published the previous year that captures a political subject of relevance to Canadian readers and has the potential to shape or influence thinking on Canadian political life. The winning work combines compelling new insights with depth of research and is of significant literary merit. The prize particularly values books which provide the general reader with an informed, unique perspective on the practice of Canadian politics, its players, or its principles.
The Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing was established in honour of the outspoken and popular Member of Parliament from Windsor, Ontario.
About Politics and the Pen
Politics and the Pen is a highlight of the capital’s social calendar and an important annual fundraising event benefiting the Writers’ Trust. Held at the Fairmont Château Laurier, the event attracts 500 guests from Canada’s political and literary circles. Three platinum sponsors are crucial to the night’s success: dinner sponsor Microsoft Canada, reception sponsor CIBC, and prize sponsor Aimia Inc. To date, Politics and the Pen has raised more than $3 million to support the programs of the Writers’ Trust.
About the Writers’ Trust
The Writers’ Trust of Canada is a charitable organization that seeks to advance, nurture, and celebrate Canadian writers and writing through a portfolio of programs including literary awards, financial grants, scholarships, and a writers’ retreat. Writers’ Trust programming is designed to champion excellence in Canadian writing, to improve the status of writers, and to create connections between writers and readers. Canada’s writers receive more financial support from the Writers’ Trust than from any other non-governmental organization or foundation in the country.
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