About the Prize

Established in honour of the outspoken and popular MP from Windsor, Ontario, the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing is awarded annually for an exceptional book of literary nonfiction that captures a political subject of relevance to Canadian readers. Sponsored by CN, the prize is awarded annually at the Politics and the Pen gala in Ottawa.

2017 Winner

Tanya Talaga

Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City

Jury Citation

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“All of the shortlisted books are so incredibly inspirational; just to be nominated is a prize itself.”