2014 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing Finalist

The Comeback

John Ralston Saul 
The Comeback: How Aboriginals Are Reclaiming Power and Influence 
Viking Canada



Jury Citation

From his opening of “history is upon us” to his concluding compilation of original voices of the Aboriginal view through the centuries, John Ralston Saul succinctly and adroitly sustains an impassioned argument in favour of rights and equality as a new lens through which to frame Canada’s relationships with and treatment of its Aboriginal peoples. In urging a fresh approach to one of the central issues of our nationhood, The Comeback provokes and challenges us, turns old thinking on its head, and offers a defining moment about being Canadian.

About the Book

Rebuilding the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the rest of Canada is the most pressing issue of our time, argues John Ralston Saul. The events that began with the Idle No More movement were not just a rough patch. What is happening today between Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals is not about guilt, sympathy, failure, or romanticization of the past. It is about citizens’ rights and rebuilding relationships that were central to the creation of Canada. The Comeback presents a powerful portrait of modern Aboriginal life in Canada. Saul illustrates his arguments with speeches and writings by Aboriginal leaders and thinkers, showcasing the extraordinarily rich indigenous point of view across the centuries.

About the Author

John Ralston Saul is an author, essayist, and public intellectual. Declared a “prophet” by Time magazine and included in the prestigious Utne Reader’s list of the world’s 100 leading thinkers and visionaries. Saul has received many awards and prizes, including Chile’s Pablo Neruda Medal. He is International President of PEN International and co-founder and co-chair of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. He has published 14 works, the most recent of which are A Fair Country: Telling Truths about Canada and the novel Dark Diversions. Saul lives in Toronto.




Woodcock Fund



Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing


September 19 for books published between June 20 and September 18, 2018


Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize


July 18 for books published between May 16 and Sept 30, 2018


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