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Writers’ Trust turns spotlight on political books

Spurred by the recent federal election, The Writers’ Trust of Canada has partnered with Samara, a non-profit organization that seeks to strengthen citizen engagement in Canada’s democratic system, to launch a project called The Best Canadian Political Books of the Last 25 Years.

In a press release, the WTOC describes the project as an opportunity to “highlight books that have captured the Canadian political imagination and contributed in a compelling and unique way to how Canadians understand a political issue, event, or personality” — and they want everyone to join in.

The public is encouraged to nominate their top three titles in Canadian politics via Samara’s online nomination form before June 23. A longlist will be announced July 1 (Canada’s most patriotic of day of the year, of course).  Throughout the month of July, Canadians will again be encouraged to vote and comment on the list, with the winning books announced Aug. 1.

WTOC and Samara have asked a few notable Canadian political writers and activists to nominate their favourite books. Here are a some of the titles already in the ring:

Anna Porter’s Nominees:
¢ The Player: The Life & Times of Dalton Camp by Geoffrey Stevens
¢ Harperland: The Politics of Control by Lawrence Martin
¢ Right Side Up: The Fall of Paul Martin and the Rise of Stephen Harper’s New Conservatism by Paul Wells

Terry Fallis’s Nominees:
¢ King John of Canada by Scott Gardiner
¢ Louis Riel: A Comic Strip Biography by Chester Brown
¢ Just Watch Me: The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Volume II: 1968“2000 by John English

Tim Cook’s Nominees:
¢ The Worldly Years: Life of Lester Pearson, Volume II: 1949“1972 by John English
¢ Memoirs: 1939“1993 by Brian Mulroney
¢ Empire to Umpire: Canada and the World into the 1990s by J. L. Granatstein and Norman Hillmer