Joanna Chiu winner of $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for political writing

OTTAWA – Joanna Chiu has won the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.

The Vancouver-based Toronto Star reporter won the award for her first book, China Unbound, which details China’s growing global influence and why it matters to Canadians.

The award was announced Tuesday evening by the Writers’ Trust of Canada and presented by award sponsor Canadian National at the Politics and the Pen gala in Ottawa.

The Shaughnessy Cohen Prize recognizes a book of literary non-fiction on a political topic relevant to Canadian readers that has the potential to influence thinking about Canadian political life.

Among the finalists for the award were Mike Blanchfield and Fen Osler Hampson for their book The Two Michaels: Innocent Canadian Captives and High Stakes Espionage in the US-China Cyber ​​War; Flora! : A Woman in a Man’s World by Flora MacDonald and Geoffrey Stevens; The Next Era of Uncertainty: How the World Can Adapt to a Riskier Future by Stephen Poloz; and “Indian” in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power by Jody Wilson-Raybould.

The award was established in honor of the outspoken and popular Liberal MP for Windsor, Ontario, who died in 1998.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on May 17, 2022

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