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The Writers' Trust Announces the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing Shortlist!

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Are you politically-minded? Can't change the channel from Question Period? Tuned in to the happenings on the Hill? Then you'll want to add five new books to your reading list today.

The Writers’ Trust of Canada has named the five finalists for the thirteenth annual Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. The winner will be announced in Ottawa on March 6, 2013, at the Politics & the Pen Gala. The $25,000 prize honours a non-fiction book that captures a political subject of interest to Canadian readers, enhances understanding of the issue and possesses significant literary merit.

The finalists, selected by politician and political scientist Ed Broadbent, National Post and columnist Tasha Kheiriddin and novelist and translator Daniel Poliquin, are:

  • Marcello Di Cintio for Walls: Travels Along the Barricades (Goose Lane Editions)
  • Taras Grescoe for Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Noah Richler for What We Talk About When We Talk About War (Goose Lane Editions)
  • Jeffrey Simpson for Chronic Condition: Why Canada’s Health-Care System Needs to be Dragged into the 21st Century (Allen Lane Canada)
  • Peter F. Trent for The Merger Delusion: How Swallowing Its Suburbs Made an Even Bigger Mess of Montreal (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
  • The Shaughnessy Cohen Prize is sponsored by Bell Media and supported by the Politics & the Pen Gala.

    For more information about the prize and the finalists, please visit the Writers' Trust website.

    And stay tuned to Open Book: Toronto through late February, when we will feature interviews with the 2013 finalists for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing!

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