Afghan war memoir, Stephen Harper portrait vie for $25K prize
Graeme Smith's acclaimed book on the war in Afghanistan is up for another lucrative award, this time the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.
The Afghanistan-based analyst and former Globe and Mail reporter made the cut for The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan, which recently won the $60,000 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction. It's also a finalist for the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, which will be handed out Feb. 21 in Vancouver.
Now in its 14th year, the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize was established in honour of the late MP from Windsor, Ont. It honours "a book of literary non-fiction that captures a political subject of relevance to Canadian readers and has the potential to shape or influence thinking on Canadian political life."
The short list unveiled Tuesday also includes England-based historian Margaret MacMillan for The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914, which is also up for the B.C. National Award.
Maclean's political editor Paul Wells is a finalist for The Longer I'm Prime Minister: Stephen Harper and Canada, 2006.
Donald J. Savoie of the University of Moncton is a contender for Whatever Happened to the Music Teacher? How Government Decides and Why.
And Vancouver-based journalist Charles Montgomery is on the short list for Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design.
The jury includes Calgary Herald editorial page editor Licia Corbella, journalist Jane O'Hara, and Globe and Mail international affairs columnist Doug Saunders
The winner will be announced April 2 at the Politics and the Pen Gala in Ottawa.