The Writers’ Trust of Canada has announced the finalists for the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, awarded annually to a non-fiction book that has the “potential to shape or influence Canadian political life.” This year’s nominees, as chosen by journalists L. Ian MacDonald, Rosemary Speirs, and Paul Wells, are as follows:
- Tim Cook for The Madman and the Butcher: The Sensational Wars of Sam Hughes and General Arthur Currie (Allen Lane Canada)
- Shelagh D. Grant for Polar Imperative: A History of Arctic Sovereignty in North America (Douglas & McIntyre)
- Lawrence Martin for Harperland: The Politics of Control (Viking Canada)
- Anna Porter for The Ghosts of Europe: Journeys Through Central Europe’s Troubled Past and Uncertain Future (Douglas & McIntyre)
- Doug Saunders for Arrival City: The Final Migration and Our Next World (Knopf Canada)
The winner will be announced on Feb. 16 at the Politics and the Pen Gala in Ottawa.