Politics and the Pen

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

6pm Reception | 7:30pm Dinner

2016 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing finalists - polipen 2016 Politics and the Pen

The Fairmont Château Laurier Ballroom

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 2017 will take place on May 10. As always, the climax of the evening will be 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. 

Last year, John Ibbitson took home the 2015 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for his biography, Stephen Harper. This year's year's finalists were announced on March 21, and were selected by a jury composed of CBC foreign correspondent Nahlah Ayed, National Post columnist Colby Cosh, and former Member of Parliament Megan Leslie. Click below to read more about each finalist.

2016 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize Finalists

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 2017 Politics and the Pen co-chairs, Alayne Crawford and Patrick Kennedy, and to committee members Jim Armour, Maureen Boyd, Heather Bradley, Catherine Clark, Elizabeth Gray-Smith, Dan Mader, Francoyse Picard, Elizabeth Roscoe, and Max St. Pierre.

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

2017 Event Sponsors

  • Aimia
  •  CIBC
  • Microsoft
Video Sponsor
  • Shaw
  • Amazon.ca
  • Bell
  • Canadian Professional Accountants Canada
  • Enbridge
  • Imperial
  • Bank of Montreal
  • Bluesky Strategy Group
  • CBC 
  • CN
  • Innovative Medicines Canada
  • Insurance Bureau of Canada
  •  IBM
  • Lafarge
  • Lowe's
  • Morneau Shepell
  • Penguin Random House
  • 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 TBA 

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