Politics and the Pen
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
6pm Reception | 7:30pm Dinner
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 for Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (To Everyone), published by HarperCollins Canada
Christie 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 for The Vimy Trap: Or, How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Great War, published by Between the Lines
James McLeod for Turmoil, as Usual: Politics in Newfoundland and Labrador and the Road to the 2015 Election, published by Creative Publishers
Noah 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
firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-504-8222 x243