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Jody Wilson-Raybould, Joanna Chiu shortlisted for $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize

The role of political prisoners in Canada-China relations, the life of a late feminist and political hero, and the difficulty of changing government institutions from the inside are among the topics of the books shortlisted for the Writers’ Trust of Canada $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. The prize is awarded annually to a book of literary merit that has the potential to shape Canadians’ thinking on political life. Previous winners have included Tanya Talaga, Kamal Al-Solaylee, and last year’’s winner, Ronald J. Deibert.

The prize will be awarded at this year’s Politics and the Pen gala in Ottawa on May 17.

The shortlisted titles are:

A jury comprised of Ottawa journalist Charelle Evelyn, author and past prize finalist Jacques Poitras, and past Conservative Party of Canada deputy leader Lisa Raitt chose the five shortlisted titles from 28 books submitted by 19 publishers.