Too Many Wives, Too Little Water: Year's Best Political Books to Compete for $25,000 Writers' Trust Award

    OTTAWA, Feb. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - The Writers' Trust of Canada announced the
finalists today for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. The
$25,000 prize will be presented on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at the sold-out
Politics and the Pen Gala in Ottawa. The value of the prize has been increased
this year by $10,000.

    The five finalists are:

    - Daphne Bramham (Vancouver) for The Secret Lives of Saints: Child Brides
      and Lost Boys in Canada's Polygamous Mormon Sect, published by Random
      House Canada

    - James Orbinski (Toronto) for An Imperfect Offering: Humanitarian Action
      in the Twenty-first Century, published by Doubleday Canada

    - Erna Paris (Toronto) for The Sun Climbs Slow: Justice in the Age of
      Imperial America, published by Knopf Canada

    - Marie Wadden (St. John's) for Where the Pavement Ends: Canada's
      Aboriginal Recovery Movement and the Urgent Need for Reconciliation,
      published by Douglas & McIntyre

    - Chris Wood (Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island) for Dry Spring: The Coming
      Water Crisis of North America, published by Raincoast Books

    Now in its ninth year, the prize is awarded annually to a non-fiction
book that captures a political subject of interest to Canadian readers and
enhances understanding of the issue. The winning work will be one that
combines compelling new insights with depth of research and is of significant
literary merit. Strong consideration will be given to books that, in the
opinion of the jury, have the potential to shape or influence Canadian
political life.
    The prize is sponsored by CTVglobemedia and is supported by the Politics
and the Pen Gala.
    The jury of Toronto Star national affairs writer and author Chantal
Hébert, author and journalist William Johnson, and Globe and Mail deputy
managing editor David Walmsley selected this year's finalists. Each finalist
will receive $3,500.
    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.
    Politics and the Pen is the highlight of the capital's winter social
calendar and an important annual fundraising event benefiting the Writers'
Trust. The March 4 celebration of literature and politics will take place at
the Fairmont Château Laurier. Microsoft Canada sponsors the Politics and the
Pen dinner, and MTSAllstream Inc. sponsors the Politics and the Pen pre-dinner
and post-dinner receptions.

    The Writers' Trust of Canada is a charitable organization that supports
Canadian writers and writing through various programs, including literary
awards, financial grants, workshops, scholarships, and a writers' retreat.

    For further information about the Writers' Trust and this year's
finalists, and to win a set of this year's nominated titles, please visit

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