Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Richard Gwyn Biography of Sir John A. Macdonald Wins Shaughnessy Book Prize: John A. Macdonald Bio Wins Shaughnessy Prize

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Richard Gwyn Biography of Sir John A. Macdonald Wins Shaughnessy Book Prize: John A. Macdonald Bio Wins Shaughnessy Prize

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OTTAWA - Political columnist Richard Gwyn's second book on Canada's first prime minister has won the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.

The Writers' Trust of Canada announced "Nation Maker: Sir John A. Macdonald: His Life, Our Times; Volume Two: 1867-1891" (Random House Canada) as the winner of the 12th annual honour Wednesday at the Politics and the Pen Gala in Ottawa.

An officer of the Order of Canada, the Toronto-based Gwyn won the 2008 Charles Taylor Prize for his first volume on Macdonald, "The Man Who Made Us." That volume covered Macdonald from his birth in Scotland in 1815 to his achievement of Confederation in 1867.

The second volume, which covers Macdonald's time as prime minister until his death in 1891, was also was a finalist for a Governor General's non-fiction award and the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction.

"In 'Nation Maker,' Richard Gwyn gives us a politician who was far more shrewd and tough than either the debonair image he himself cultivated or the caricature imprinted on too much of our history," Shaughnessy Cohen Prize jury members David Akin, Charlotte Gray, and Janice Gross Stein said in a statement. …

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