John Vaillant and Benjamin Perrin nominated for the Writers’ Trust Award

Fire Weather: The Making of a Beast and Indictment: The Criminal Justice System on Trial Compete for $25,000 Compensation

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Two Vancouver writers have been named to The Writers’ Trust of Canada short list for $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.

On March 20 it was announced that John Vaillant with his book fire weather and
Benjamin Perrin with Indictment: The Criminal Justice System on Trial joins three other writers on the shortlist for the award given annually for a work of “literary non-fiction that captures a political issue relevant to Canadian readers and has the potential to mold or influence thought.” on Canadian political life.

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This year’s winner will be announced May 7 at the annual Politics and the Pen gala in Ottawa.

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Impeachment: The Criminal Justice System on Trial by Benjamin Perrin. Photo courtesy of Aevo UTP /sun

A jury consisting of former award winner Joanna Chiu, former award finalist Dale Eisler and former Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne selected finalists from a shortlist of 46 books submitted by 28 publishers.

Perrin is a professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia and the author of Overdose, Victim Law, and Criminal Law. Previously, Perrin served as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada, advised judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and Special Court for Sierra Leone, and was legal advisor to the Office of the Prime Minister under President Stephen Harper. .

“The prosecution offers a powerful vision for a complete transformation of Canada’s criminal justice system,” the jury said in a statement. “Perrin masterfully weaves vivid case studies with the latest research on how to create a safer society for all.”

A chronicler of the natural world, Vaillant is an internationally award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction, including the books The Jaguar’s Children, The Golden Spruce, and The Tiger.

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“Like a burning inferno that draws our attention and awe, we cannot look away from Fire Weather,” the jury said. “Almost affectionately, Vaillant introduces us to the human beings who are on the front lines of the fossil fuel industry and the fire it produces and which threatens us all.”

The shortlisted books are:

Not here: Why American democracy is eroding and how Canada can protect itself
By Rob Goodman (Toronto)

Published by Simon & Schuster Canada

Indictment: The criminal justice system on trial
By Benjamin Perrin (Vancouver)
Posted by Aevo UTP

Canada: beyond grudges, grievances and disunity
By Donald J. Savoie (Moncton)
Published by McGill-Queen’s University Press

The age of insecurity: coming together as things fall apart
By Astra Taylor (New York, NY)

Published by Anansi Press House

Weather of Fire: The Creation of a Beast
By John Vaillant (Vancouver)
Posted by Knopf Canada

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