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Reconciliation, fight against Big Tech among topics of shortlisted Shaugnessy Cohen titles

2023 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize finalistsReconciliation, the fight against Big Tech, and colonial systems are among the topics explored by the five books shortlisted for the 2023 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.

The $25,000 prize, awarded annually by the Writers’ Trust of Canada, honours 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, Joanna Chiu.

The books shortlisted for this year’s prize are:

The finalists for this year’s prize were chosen from 48 books submitted by 28 publishers. The submitted books were read and the shortlisted books selected by a jury made up of political science professor Terri E. Givens, Canadian pollster and data scientist Nik Nanos, and past prize finalist Jacques Poitras.

The winner will be announced on May 10 at this year’s Politics and the Pen gala in Ottawa.