Politics and the Pen
The Fairmont Chateau Laurier Ballroom. Credit: Jake Wright
A highlight of our capital’s social calendar, Politics and the Pen is a grand celebration of Canadian political and literary cultures. Held at Ottawa’s landmark hotel, 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 2014 took place on April 2 and was expertly hosted by Hon. Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, and Ms. Megan Leslie, Member of Parliament for Halifax and member of the Official Opposition. As always, 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 Bell Media. Maclean's political editor Paul Wells won this year's prize for The Longer I'm Prime Minister: Stephen Harper and Canada, 2006 —. Read his acceptance speech or learn more about the award and this year's shortlist on our prize page.
The Writers' Trust of Canada extends enormous thanks to the 2014 Politics and the Pen co-chairs, Elizabeth Gray-Smith and Anne McGrath, and to committee members Jim Armour, Maureen Boyd, Alayne Crawford, Patrick Kennedy, Dan Mader, Pauline McKillop, Françoyse Picard, Elizabeth Roscoe, and Jill Scheer.
For questions about Politics and the Pen, please contact:
Joe Goulart, Fund Development Manager
email@example.com or 416.504.8222 x. 243