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The Writers' Trust of Canada announced the finalists today for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. The $25,000 prize -- up from $15,000 last year -- will be presented March 4 at the Politics and the Pen Gala in Ottawa.

The five finalists are:

Daphne Bramham (Vancouver) for The Secret Lives of Saints: Child Brides and Lost Boys in Canada's Polygamous Mormon Sect (Random House Canada). Read the Globe review here.

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James Orbinski (Toronto) for An Imperfect Offering: Humanitarian Action in the Twenty-first Century (Doubleday Canada).

Erna Paris (Toronto) for The Sun Climbs Slow: Justice in the Age of Imperial America (Knopf Canada)

Marie Wadden (St. John's) for Where the Pavement Ends: Canada's Aboriginal Recovery Movement and the Urgent Need for Reconciliation (Douglas & McIntyre). Read the Globe review here.

Chris Wood (Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island) for Dry Spring: The Coming Water Crisis of North America (Raincoast Books). Read the Globe review here.

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