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Politics and the Pen

2017 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize winner Tanya Talaga
Tanya Talaga accepts the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize on May 9, 2018

A highlight of our capital’s social calendar, Politics and the Pen is a grand celebration of Canadian political and literary cultures. Held annually at the Fairmont Château Laurier, this unique fundraiser brings together national politicians, talented writers, prominent diplomats, and notable arts and business leaders—all in support of the Writers' Trust's mandate to advance, nurture, and celebrate Canadian writers and writing

The climax of the evening is the presentation of the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, named in honour of the spirited and inspiring parliamentarian and generously sponsored by CN. Congratulations to this year's winner Tanya Talaga, who took home the prize for her book Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City.

The Writers' Trust of Canada extends enormous thanks to the 2018 Politics and the Pen co-chairs, Alayne Crawford and Dan Mader, and to committee members Jim Armour, Maureen Boyd, Heather Bradley, Catherine Clark, Elizabeth Gray-Smith, Patrick Kennedy, Francoyse Picard, Jill Scheer, and Max St-Pierre.

2018 Event Photos

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing Winner

Talaga, Tanya - Seven Fallen FeathersTanya Talaga 
Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City
published by House of Anansi Press


Dummitt, Christopher- UnbuttonedChristopher Dummitt
Unbuttoned: A History of Mackenzie King’s Secret Life
published by McGill-Queen’s University Press

Off, Carol - All We Leave BehindCarol Off

All We Leave Behind: A Reporter’s Journey into the Lives of Others
published by Random House Canada

Perron, Sandra - Out Standing in the FieldSandra Perron

Out Standing in the Field: A Memoir by Canada’s First Female Infantry Officer
published by Cormorant Books

Rowe, Ted - Robert BondTed Rowe

Robert Bond: The Greatest Newfoundlander
published by Creative Book Publishing/Breakwater Books

This year's Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing finalists were selected by a jury composed of University of Victoria professor of Indigenous governance Taiaiake Alfred, former Shaughnessy Cohen Prize winner and University of Toronto professor Joseph Heath, and political journalist and commentator Kady O’Malley.

For questions about Politics and the Pen, please contact:
Kayla Calder, Development Manager or 416-504-8222 x243

Event Sponsors

  • CIBC
  • CN
  • Microsoft
Video Sponsor
  • Shaw
  • Canadian Professional Accountants Canada
  • Enbridge
  • Imperial
  • Interac
  • Bank of Montreal
  • Bluesky Strategy Group
  • CBC 
  •  Canadian Publishers' Council
  • Innovative Medicines Canada
  • Insurance Bureau of Canada
  • IBM
  • Intuit
  • Lafarge
  • Lowe's
  • McKesson Canada
  • Morneau Shepell
  • Quebecor
  • Resolute Forest Products
  • Scotiabank
  • CBA
  • Canadian Credit Union Association
  • CPAC
  • Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association
  • Crestview
  • Dentons
  •  Earnsliffe
  • Gowlings
  • Hill Knowlton
  • Douglas Knight
  • MDA
  • Passmore Group Inc.
  • Rogers
  • RBC
  • SNC Lavalin
  • Strategy Corp
  •  TD
    2018 Guest Writers 
  • Kamal Al-Solaylee
  • Katherine Ashenburg
  • Michel C. Auger
  • Mike Blanchfield
  • Kim Bozak
  • Tim Cook
  • Michel Cormier
  • Alan Cumyn
  • Susan Delacourt
  • Jennifer Ditchburn
  • Greg Donaghy
  • Christopher Dummitt
  • Omar El Akkad
  • Terry Fallis
  • Rita Field-Marsham
  • Graham Fox
  • Rachel Giese
  • Charlotte Gray
  • Brian Hanington
  • Elizabeth Hay
  • Joseph Heath
  • Amanda Lang
  • Carrianne Leung
  • L. Ian MacDonald
  • Stephen Maher
  • Monia Mazigh
  • James McLeod
  • Jody Mitic
  • Nik Nanos
  • Don Newman
  • Carol Off
  • Fen Osler Hampson
  • Jocelyn Parr
  • Sandra Perron
  • André Picard
  • Bob Plamondon
  • Daniel Poliquin
  • Elizabeth Renzetti
  • Noah Richler
  • Ted Rowe
  • Mark Sakamoto
  • Doug Saunders
  • Sarah Selecky
  • Ann Shortell
  • Barbara Sibbald
  • Jeffrey Simpson
  • Dale Smith
  • Tabatha Southey
  • Kirstine Stewart
  • Karl Subban
  • Mark Sutcliffe
  • Vikas Swarup
  • Jamie Swift
  • Tanya Talaga
  • Paul Wells
  • Jan Wong

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