TORONTO, Jan. 5 /CNW/ - The Writers' Trust of Canada announces the
finalists for the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political
Writing. The winner will be named in Ottawa on February 16, 2011, at
the Politics and the Pen Gala.
Finalists include a double biography of key Canadian military officials
prominent in the Great War, a history of sovereignty in the North
American Arctic, an examination of the growth of executive power under
Stephen Harper's Conservative government, an exploration of the
consequences of democracy and capitalism in four nations of Central
Europe, and a look at how rural to urban migration is reshaping our
world. Each nominated author will receive $2,500.
The finalists, selected by a jury composed of journalists L. Ian
MacDonald, Rosemary Speirs, and Paul Wells, are:
Tim Cook for The Madman and the Butcher: The Sensational Wars of Sam Hughes and
General Arthur Currie, published by Allen Lane Canada
Shelagh D. Grant for Polar Imperative: A History of Arctic Sovereignty in North America, published by Douglas & McIntyre
Lawrence Martin for Harperland: The Politics of Control, published by Viking Canada
Anna Porter for The Ghosts of Europe: Journeys Through Central Europe's Troubled Past and Uncertain Future, published by Douglas & McIntyre
Doug Saunders for Arrival City: The Final Migration and our Next World, published by Knopf Canada
The Shaughnessy Cohen Prize is sponsored by CTV Inc. and supported by
the Politics and the Pen gala. For more information on this year's
finalists and to download high-resolution images of the nominated
authors and their books, visit writerstrust.com.
About the Prize
Now in its eleventh year, the prize is awarded annually to a non-fiction
book that captures a political subject of interest to Canadian readers
and enhances our understanding of the issue. The winning work combines
compelling new insights with depth of research and is of significant
literary merit. Strong consideration is given to books that, in the
opinion of the jury, have the potential to shape or influence Canadian
About Shaughnessy Cohen
The Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing was established in
honour of the outspoken and popular Member of Parliament from Windsor,
Ontario, who died on December 9, 1998.
About Politics and the Pen
Politics and the Pen is the highlight of the capital's winter social
calendar and an important annual fundraising event benefiting the
Writers' Trust. Held at the Fairmont Château Laurier, the event
attracts 500 guests from the city's political and literary circles.
Microsoft Canada sponsors the Politics and the Pen dinner, and MTS
Allstream Inc. sponsors the Politics and the Pen pre-dinner and
About the Writers' Trust
The Writers' Trust of Canada is a charitable organization that supports
Canadian writers and writing through various programs, including
literary awards, financial grants, scholarships, and a writers'
retreat. Canada's writers receive more financial support from the
Writers' Trust than from any other non-governmental organization or
foundation in the country. For more information visit writerstrust.com or twitter.com/writerstrust.
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