Every spring, the Writers' Trust of Canada hosts their annual Ottawa-based fundraiser, Politics & the Pen. The event brings together politicians, diplomats, donors, and authors at the iconic Fairmont Chateau Laurier for an evening celebration, the highlight of which is the presentation of the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.
This year's winner was Kamal Al-Solaylee, for his acclaimed book Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone) (HarperCollins Canada). Funds raised at the event go to support the Writers' Trust initiatives, which include ten high profile literary awards, an emergency fund for writers in financial need, a writers' retreat in the Yukon, and much more.
Check out some of the photos from the May 10, 2017 event!
Apple ibookstore's Chris Jackson
Co-hosts Hon. Rona Ambrose and Hon. Scott Brison
Political strategist and author Cornell Belcher with author Mark Sakamoto
Authors Diane Schoemperlen and Jane Urquhart
Shaughnessy Cohen Prize finalist Ian McKay and Rob Vanderheyden
Shaughnessy Cohen Prize finalist James McLeod and Laura Howells
Finalist Jamie Swift, Janet Pearce, finalist Ian McKay, and editor Robert Clarke enjoy the patio
Finalist Noah Richler and Anansi President Sarah MacLachlan capture a moment
Janice Dickson and Shruti Shekar
The Chateau Laurier ballroom with the finalists' books displayed above the stage
The Hon. Kent Hehr and 2017 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize winner Kamal Al-Solaylee
Author Tracey Lindberg