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Politics and the Pen

Wednesday, May 09, 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 Aimia. 

The 2017 finalists were selected by a jury composed of CBC foreign correspondent Nahlah Ayed, National Post columnist Colby Cosh, and former Member of Parliament Megan Leslie.

2016 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize Winner

Kamal Al-Solaylee Brown 2016 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing FinalistKamal Al-Solaylee for Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (To Everyone), published by HarperCollins Canada


Christie Blatchford Life Sentence 2016 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing finalistChristie 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 The Vimy Trap 2016 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing finalistIan 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 Turmoil, As Usual 2016 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing finalistJames McLeod for Turmoil, as Usual: Politics in Newfoundland and Labrador and the Road to the 2015 Election, published by Creative Publishers


Noah Richler The Candidate 2016 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for PoliticalWriting finalistNoah Richler for The Candidate: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, published by Doubleday Canada


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.

For questions about Politics and the Pen, please contact:
Kayla Calder, Coordinator of Special Events and Sponsorships or 416-504-8222 x243

Event Sponsors

  • Aimia
  •  CIBC
  • Microsoft
Video Sponsor
  • Shaw
  • Bell
  • Canadian Professional Accountants Canada
  • Enbridge
  • Imperial
  • Bank of Montreal
  • Bluesky Strategy Group
  • CBC 
  • CN
  •  Canadian Publishers' Council
  • Innovative Medicines Canada
  • Insurance Bureau of Canada
  • IBM
  • Lafarge
  • Lowe's
  • Morneau Shepell
  • Quebecor
  • Resolute Forest Products
  • Scotiabank
  • CBA
  • Canadian Credit Union Association
  • Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association
  • Crestview
  •  Earnsliffe
  •  Fleishman Hillard
  • Gowlings
  • Hill Knowlton
  • Douglas Knight
  • MDA
  • National Arts Centre
  • Passmore Group Inc.
  • Rogers
  • RBC
  • SNC Lavalin
  • Strategy Corp
  • Tennant, Robert
  •  TD
    2017 Guest Writers 
  • Kamal Al-Solaylee
  • Maude Barlow
  • Mike Blanchfield
  • Christie Blatchford
  • Mark Bourrie
  • Ian Brown
  • Denise Chong
  • Karen Connelly
  • Tim Cook
  • Susan Delacourt
  • Janice Dickson
  • Cherie Dimaline
  • Jennifer Ditchburn
  • Greg Donaghy
  • Denise Donlon
  • Robyn Doolittle
  • Terry Fallis
  • Graham Fox
  • Mark Frutkin
  • Dan Gardner
  • Hon./L’hon. Bill Graham
  • Elizabeth Hay
  • Chantal Hébert
  • Norman Hillmer
  • Kate Hilton
  • John Ibbitson
  • Anosh Irani
  • Frances Itani
  • Tracey Lindberg
  • Stephen Maher
  • Sandra Martin
  • Monia Mazigh
  • Ian McKay
  • James McLeod
  • Don Newman
  • Andrew Nikiforuk
  • Grace O'Connell
  • Heather O'Neill
  • Katrina Onstad
  • Steve Paikin
  • Sandra Perron
  • Waubgeshig Rice
  • Noah Richler
  • Mark Sakamoto
  • Diane Schoemperlen
  • Dale Smith
  • Jamie Swift
  • Jane Urquhart
  • Paul Wells
  • Jared Young

    2017 Guest Politicians 
  • Ms./Mme Leona Alleslev
  • Hon./L’hon Rona Ambrose
  • Mr./M. Will Amos
  • Hon./L’hon Navdeep Bains
  • Hon./L’hon Carolyn Bennett
  • Hon./L’hon Maxime Bernier
  • Mr./M. James Bezan
  • Mr./M. Daniel Blaikie
  • Hon./L’hon Scott Brison
  • Mr./M. Gordon Brown
  • Ms./Mme Celina Caesar-Chavannes
  • Hon./L’hon Claude Carignan
  • Hon./L’hon François-Philippe Champagne
  • Hon./L’hon Tony Clement
  • Mr./M. Rodger Cuzner
  • Hon./L’hon Dennis Dawson
  • Hon./L’hon Gérard Deltell
  • Mr./M. Matthew Dubé
  • Hon./L’hon Jean-Yves Duclos
  • Hon./L’hon Kirsty Duncan
  • Hon./L’hon Wayne Easter
  • Hon./L’hon Andy Filmore
  • Mr./M. Sean Fraser
  • Hon./L’hon Hedy Fry
  • Hon./L’hon George Furey
  • Hon./L’hon Marc Garneau
  • Ms./Mme Pamela Goldsmith-Jones
  • Hon./L’hon Karina Gould
  • Hon./L’hon Peter Harder
  • Hon./L’hon Kent Hehr
  • Ms./Mme Gudie Hutchings
  • Mr./M. Matt Jeneroux
  • Ms./Mme Yvonne Jones
  • Mr./M. David Lametti
  • Mr./M. Steven MacKinnon
  • Ms./Mme Elizabeth May
  • Hon./L’hon Catherine McKenna
  • Mr./M. Marco Mendicino
  • Mr./M. Marc Miller
  • Ms./Mme Joyce Murray
  • Ms./Mme Mary Ng
  • Mr./M. Seamus O'Regan
  • Mr.M./ Kyle Peterson
  • Hon./L’hon Ginette Petitpas Taylor
  • Hon./L’hon Jane Philpott
  • Mr./M. Jean-Claude Poissant
  • Hon./L’hon Carla Qualtrough
  • Hon./L’hon Geoff Regan
  • Hon./L’hon Michelle Rempel
  • Mr./M. Pablo Rodriguez
  • Ms./Mme Kim Rudd
  • Mr./M. Romeo Saganash
  • Hon./L’hon Harjit S. Sajjan
  • Mr./M. Adam Vaughan
  • Mr./M. Arif Virani
  • Ms./Mme Dianne Watts
  • Hon./L’hon Jody Wilson-Raybould

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