This morning the shortlist for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing was announced. This is an annual prize that has a mission close to Samara's heart: "it captures a political subject of interest to Canadian readers and enhances our understanding of the issue and has the potential to shape or influence Canadian political life."
Before the winner is announced in early March, we will be profiling each of the shortlisted authors and asking them a few questions about the writing of their book. Make sure you're signed up for our blog so you can read every one.
As well, you have the chance to win copies of all five shortlisted books. Enter our "Guess the Winner" contest
for a chance to win.
Here's the shortlist:
- Marcello Di Cintio for Walls: Travels Along the Barricades
- Taras Grescoe for Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile
- Noah Richler for What We Talk About When We Talk About War
- Jeffrey Simpson for Chronic Condition: Why Canada's Health-Care System Needs to be Dragged into the 21st Century
- Peter F. Trent for The Merger Delusion: How Swallowing Its Suburbs Made an Even Bigger Mess of Montreal
The jury members this year are Ed Broadbent, Tasha Kheiriddin and Daniel Poliquin. You can check out our page to learn more about them.
Ed Broadbent offered this take on how they decided what to include in the shortlist: "Political writing can take any literary form and can embrace any subject that may or should affect the rules and laws we live by as members of a community. How we educate or travel, how we tax and how we reward, how we house people and how we produce—or how we make the rules themselves—all these are subjects not just for politicians or social scientists, but for historians, biographers, travellers or novelists, who can reflect on such questions in their own distinct and imaginative ways."