Books about the state of masculinity, a young boy’s immigration story and clashes between industry and environmentalism have been nominated for the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.
The Writers’ Trust of Canada named five finalists Wednesday vying for the award honouring a literary non-fiction book on politics.
Rachel Giese, the editorial director of LGBTQ publication Xtra, is in the running for Boys: What It Means to Become a Man, (Patrick Crean Editions) which explores how societal expectations of manhood can shape boys’ development.
Edmonton high school student Abu Bakr al Rabeeah is nominated for Homes: A Refugee Story (Freehand Books), alongside English teacher Winnie Yeung, who helped recount his journey of growing up in Iraq and Syria and escaping a war zone to build a new life in Canada.
New Brunswick reporter Jacques Poitras earned a nod for Pipe Dreams: The Fight for Canada’s Energy Future (Viking Canada) about the ill-fated Energy East pipeline proposal.
Victoria-based journalist Sarah Cox is also a contender for Breaching the Peace: The Site C Dam and a Valley’s Stand against Big Hydro (On Point Press) about the controversial construction of a third dam on the Peace River in Fort St. John, B.C.
Rounding out the short list is Harley Rustad, a features editor at The Walrus, for Big Lonely Doug: The Story of One of Canada’s Last Great Trees (House of Anansi Press) about a 20-storey Douglas fir on Vancouver Island that survived a clearcut by the logging industry.
This year’s winner will be announced at an Ottawa gala on May 15.