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John Ralston

John Ralston Saul is an author, essayist, and public intellectual. Declared a “prophet” by Time magazine and included in the prestigious Utne Reader’s list of the world’s 100 leading thinkers and visionaries. Saul has received many awards and prizes, including Chile’s Pablo Neruda Medal. He is International President of PEN International and co-founder and co-chair of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. He has published 14 works, the most recent of which are A Fair Country: Telling Truths about Canada and the novel Dark Diversions. Saul lives in Toronto.


John Ralston Saul on The Comeback

Award History

2014 Finalist

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
for The Comeback: How Aboriginals Are Reclaiming Power and Influence

Jury Citation

“From his opening of “history is upon us” to his concluding compilation of original voices of the Aboriginal view through the centuries, John Ralston Saul succinctly and adroitly sustains an impassioned argument in favour of rights and equality as a new lens through which to frame Canada’s relationships with and treatment of its Aboriginal peoples. In urging a fresh approach to one of the central issues of our nationhood, The Comeback provokes and challenges us, turns old thinking on its head, and offers a defining moment about being Canadian.” – 2014 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize Jury (Denise Chong, Terry Galvin, Jane Taber)