Make a contribution to the Writers' Trust of Canada Donate Now

2017 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize jurors: Indigenous governance scholar, writer, and activist Taiaiake Alfred; philosophy professor and past prize winner Joseph Heath; and Ottawa journalist Kady O’Malley.

Writers’ Trust Announces Jury for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

March 20, 2018Toronto – The Writers’ Trust of Canada has revealed the three-member jury for the 2017 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, awarded annually for a book of literary nonfiction published in 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 jurors are: Indigenous governance scholar, writer, and activist Taiaiake Alfred; philosophy professor and past prize winner Joseph Heath; and Ottawa journalist Kady O’Malley.

The prizewinner will receive $25,000; prize finalists will receive $2,500 each. Recent winners include Kamal Al-Solaylee for Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone), John Ibbitson for Stephen Harper, andPaul Wells for The Longer I’m Prime Minister: Stephen Harper and Canada.

A shortlist of five finalists will be announced on March 27, 2018. The prizewinner will be announced at the Politics and the Pen gala at the Fairmont Ch√Ęteau Laurier in Ottawa on May 9, 2018.

About the jury

Alfred_TaiaiakeTaiaiake Alfred is a professor of Indigenous governance in the department of political science at the University of Victoria. He has been awarded a Canada Research Chair, a National Aboriginal Achievement Award in the field of education, and the Native American Journalists Association Award for best column writing. He lives in Victoria.
 

/Heath_JosephJoseph Heath won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing in 2015 for Enlightenment 2.0: Restoring Sanity to Our Politics, Our Economy, and Our Lives. He is the author of three other books of nonfiction and numerous academic works. Heath is a professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto, where he also teaches at the School of Public Policy and Governance. He lives in Toronto.

O'Malley_KadyKady O’Malley is a journalist who writes about federal politics for iPolitics, Vice News, and other media outlets. A member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery, she has been covering the Hill for more than a decade and has written for The Hill Times, Maclean’s, CBC’s Inside Politics, and the Ottawa Citizen. O’Malley lives in Ottawa.

The Shaughnessy Cohen Prize is sponsored by CN and supported by the Politics and the Pen gala. For more information on this year’s prize and to download images of the jurors, visit writerstrust.com/ShaughnessyCohenPrize.

About the Prize

Now in its 18th year, the prize is awarded annually for a book of literary nonfiction 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.

About the Writers’ Trust of Canada

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, a fellowship, 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.

-30-

For more information and interview opportunities contact:

Michaela Cornell, 647-274-6112
mcornell@rogers.com
 

Writers' Trust Sponsorship


Interested in Corporate
or Foundation sponsorship?

For more details about opportunities, recognition, and to see a list of our current sponsors...More


 

Recommended Reading List

We asked some of Canada's finest writers about their summer reading in 2017. 

Read their Recommendations.

 

E Newsletter Sign Up

Sign-up for our eNewsletter. Get info about Authors and our latest Events.

Sign up now!
 

Site design & development supported by

ecentricarts inc