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About the Event

Politics and the Pen is a grand celebration of Canadian political and literary cultures.

Held annually at the Fairmont Château Laurier in Ottawa, Politics and the Pen/La politique et l'écrit is a unique fundraiser brings together national politicians, talented writers, prominent diplomats, and notable arts and business leaders all in support of the Writers’ Trust mandate to advance, nurture, and celebrate Canadian writers and writing.

The highlight 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 supported by CN. Congratulations to latest winner Rachel Giese, who took home the 2018 prize for her book Boys: What it Means to Become a Man.

The Writers' Trust of Canada extends enormous thanks to the 2019 Politics and the Pen co-chairs, Catherine Clark and Dan Mader, and to committee members Jim Armour, Maureen Boyd, Heather Bradley, Alayne Crawford, Elizabeth Gray-Smith, Patrick Kennedy, Francoyse Picard, Jill Scheer, and Max St-Pierre.

2019 Sponsors

Platinum Prize Sponsor

Platinum Dinner Sponsor

Platinum Reception Sponsor

Video Sponsor




2018 Attending Writers

  • Kamal Al-Solaylee
  • Katherine Ashenburg
  • Michel C. Auger
  • Mike Blanchfield
  • Kim Bozak
  • Tim Cook
  • Michel Cormier
  • Alan Cumyn
  • Susan Delacourt
  • Jennifer Ditchburn
  • Greg Donaghy
  • Christopher Dummitt
  • Omar El Akkad
  • Terry Fallis
  • Rita Field-Marsham
  • Graham Fox
  • Rachel Giese
  • Charlotte Gray
  • Brian Hanington
  • Elizabeth Hay
  • Joseph Heath
  • Amanda Lang
  • Carrianne Leung
  • L. Ian MacDonald
  • Stephen Maher
  • Monia Mazigh
  • James McLeod
  • Nik Nanos
  • Don Newman
  • Carol Off
  • Fen Osler Hampson
  • Jocelyn Parr
  • Sandra Perron
  • André Picard
  • Bob Plamondon
  • Daniel Poliquin
  • Elizabeth Renzetti
  • Noah Richler
  • Ted Rowe
  • Mark Sakamoto
  • Doug Saunders
  • Sarah Selecky
  • Ann Shortell
  • Barbara Sibbald
  • Jeffrey Simpson
  • Dale Smith
  • Tabatha Southey
  • Kirstine Stewart
  • Karl Subban
  • Mark Sutcliffe
  • Vikas Swarup
  • Jamie Swift
  • Tanya Talaga
  • Paul Wells
  • Jan Wong