Category Archive: Literature – Archive

The Return of Canadian Historical Literature


There is now a great amount of material available, written in just the last decade, that puts a fresh spin on our history or in some cases, sheds light on stories we were never told. My advice is to pick up any number of these books and use this fall to get in touch with Canadian political history.

The Samara Best Political Writing Book List

Political Biographies Bliss, Michael, Right Honourable Men: The Descent of Canadian Politics from MacDonald to Chrétien Brown, Chester, Louis Riel: A Comic Strip Biography Careless, J.M.S., Brown of the Globe (Volumes 1 & 2) Chrétien, Jean, with Ron Graham, Straight From the Heart Clarkson, Stephen and Christina McCall, Trudeau and Our Times (Volumes 1 & 2) …

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Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

Now in its eleventh year, the prize is awarded annually to a non-fiction book that captures a political subject of interest to Canadian readers and enhances our understanding of the issue. The winning work combines compelling new insights with depth of research and is of significant literary merit. Strong consideration is given to books that, in the opinion of the jury, have the potential to shape or influence Canadian political life.

‘Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine & Robert Baldwin’: John Ralston Saul, 2010

LaFontaine and Baldwin

John Ralston Saul’s new book, part of the ‘Extraordinary Canadians’ series, chronicles this violent, revolutionary, and extremely important time in our history. It is the story of two men, strangers to one another and of entirely different heritage, who were brought together by their shared philosophy and together brought their ideals to all of Canada.

Women, Power, Politics: Sylvia Bashevkin, 2009

In a new book, Sylvia Bashevkin looks at why women’s progress in politics seems stalled in this country. She is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. Her book is called “Women, Power, Politics: the Hidden Story of Canada’s Unfinished Democracy”.

‘Exporting Democracy’: Bob Rae, 2010

Liberal MP and former Ontario Premier, Bob Rae, discusses his book ‘Exporting Democracy’.

‘Nellie McClung’: Charlotte Gray

Charlotte Gray discusses her biography on Nellie McClung who fought for the right of women to be recognized as “persons”. The book is part of the ‘Extraordinary Canadians’ series.

‘Lester B. Pearson’: Andrew Cohen

Andrew Cohen discusses his contribution to the book series ‘Extraordinary Canadians’ about the 14th Prime Minister of Canada, Lester Pearson.

‘My Years as Prime Minister’: Jean Chrétien, 2007

Former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien sits down with Allan Gregg for a wide-ranging interview. They discuss Chrétien’s new memoir, My Years as Prime Minister, his views on the state of politics in Canada and his recent heart surgery.

‘Hell or High Water’: Paul Martin, 2008

Paul Martin discusses his new political memoir, ‘Hell or High Water’.

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