2016 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing Finalist

Noah Richler The Candidate: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail 2016 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize finalist

Noah Richler 
The Candidate: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail
Doubleday Canada

Noah Richler

Jury Citation

What do we really know of the underbelly of election campaigns? In Noah Richler’s biting book, we get the ins, the outs, and the head-scratching outtakes. With candour, humour, and fascinating detail, Richler lures us into the world of political candidacy and never lets us go. The genius of The Candidate is that we learn as he learns, inside the town halls, bars, and homes of the riding of Toronto-St. Paul’s. A must-read for Canadians curious about the real story behind the folks who still brazenly knock on our doors soliciting votes.

About the Book

Recruited by the NDP to run in the bellwether riding of Toronto-St Paul's, Noah Richler was handed $350 and told he would lose. But as veteran NDP activists and social-media-savvy newbies joined his campaign, Richler found himself increasingly insulated from the stark reality that his campaign was flailing, imagining instead that he was headed to Parliament Hill. The Candidate lays bare what goes on behind the slogans, canvassing, and talking points, told from the perspective of a political outsider. With his signature wit and probing eye, Noah Richler's chronicle of running for office is insightful, brutally honest and devastatingly funny.

About the Author

Noah Richler worked for many years as a documentary producer for BBC Radio. After returning to Canada in 1998, he was the books editor and a literary columnist for the National Post. His first book This is My Country, What’s Yours? A Literary Atlas of Canada won British Columbia’s National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction in 2007 and was nominated for the Nereus Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize. Richler was previously shortlisted for the 2012 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for What We Talk About When We Talk About War. He lives in Toronto.




Woodcock Fund



Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing


June 20 for books published between Jan 1 and June 19, 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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