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Paul Wells Book on Harper Wins Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

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There was a standing ovation last night in Ottawa when Paul Wells, political editor of Maclean's magazine was announced as the winner of the 14th annual Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing for his book, The Longer I’m Prine Minister: Stephen Harper 2006– (Random House Canada).

The ballroom of the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel was a riot of applause as Wells, one of Ottawa's most respected political commentators, took the stage for his acceptance speech. The award announcement was the highlight of the Writers' Trust of Canada's annual Politics & the Pen fundraiser. The Writers' Trust administers the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize, which includes a $25,000 prize purse.

A jury composed of Calgary Herald editorial page editor Licia Corbella, journalist Jane O’Hara and Globe and Mail international affairs columnist Doug Saunders selected the winner. Their citation reads:

"Veteran political columnist Paul Wells has crafted a fast-paced, romping great read about a Prime Minister who is frequently described by the Parliamentary Press Gallery as dull, plodding, and inscrutable. Though viscerally funny and often biting, this book is never partisan or unfair. Impeccably researched, gorgeously written, and deeply insightful, The Longer I’m Prime Minister is an essential read for all political junkies."

Open Book congratulates Paul Wells and all the shortlisted authors, as well as the Writers' Trust of Canada for their successful fundraising event!

You can also read our interviews with Paul Wells and the other shortlisted authors:
Interview with Paul Wells
Interview with Charles Montgomery
Interview with Margaret MacMillan
Interview with Donald J. Savoie
Interview with Graeme Smith

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