Politics and the Pen
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
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. Read more about why the jury loved his book and discover last year's 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.
2015 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize Winner
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 2017 Politics and the Pen co-chairs, Patrick Kennedy and Alayne Crawford 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
email@example.com or 416-504-8222 x243