Kamal Al-Solaylee, Christie Blatchford among finalists for $25K Shaughnessy Cohen Prize

Kamal Al-SolayleeKamal Al-Solaylee's latest book is a finalist for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize.

Books exploring race, the Canadian court system, Vimy Ridge and federal and provincial elections have been nominated for the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.

The annual award honours literary nonfiction that "has the potential to shape or influence thinking on Canadian political life." John Ibbitson's biography of former prime minister Stephen Harper won the prize last year.

The finalists this year are:

The jury is comprised of CBC correspondent Nahlah Ayed, National Post columnist Colby Cosh and former NDP MP Megan Leslie. The winner will be announced on May 10, 2017 at an event in Ottawa.

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