Politics and the Pen
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
The Fairmont Château Laurier Ballroom. Credit: Matthew Usherwood
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
Politics and the Pen 2016 took place on April 20. As always, the climax of the evening was 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.
John Ibbitson took home the 2015 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for his biography, Stephen Harper. Read more about why the jury loved his book, and discover the 2016 finalists, selected by a jury composed of military historian Tim Cook, author and Globe and Mail journalist Robyn Doolittle, and McGill University professor and political commentator Antonia Maioni:
John Ibbitson for Stephen Harper
Signal/McClelland & Stewart
Greg Donaghy for Grit: The Life and Politics of Paul Martin Sr.
Norman Hillmer for O.D. Skelton: A Portrait of Canadian Ambition
University of Toronto Press
Andrew Nikiforuk for Slick Water: Fracking and One Insider’s Stand Against the World’s Most Powerful Industry
Greystone Books and the David Suzuki Institute
Sheila Watt-Cloutier for The Right to Be Cold: One Woman’s Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic, and the Whole Planet
The Writers' Trust of Canada extends enormous thanks to the 2016 Politics and the Pen co-chairs, Patrick Kennedy and Jill Scheer and to committee members Jim Armour, Maureen Boyd, Alayne Crawford, Catherine Clark, Elizabeth Gray-Smith, Dan Mader, Pauline McKillop, Françoyse Picard, Elizabeth Roscoe, and Lisa Samson.
For questions about Politics and the Pen, please contact:
Kayla Calder, Coordinator of Special Events and Sponsorships
firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-504-8222 x243