The Writers’ Trust of Canada and Samara have joined forces to create a resource for readers to learn more about Canada’s political life and to draw attention to the most influential books on the subject.
The Best Canadian Political Books of the Last 25 Years project will highlight books that have captured the Canadian political imagination and contributed in a compelling and unique way to how Canadians understand a political issue, event, or personality.
The Writers’ Trust is inviting Canadian readers to participate in two stages. First, by going online and nominating three books they passionately believe represent the best Canadian political writing. Nominations from the public, along with those from a select number of well-known Canadians (including Pamela Wallin, Andrew Coyne, Anna Porter, Don Newman, Rosemary Barton, and Terry Fallis, among others), will be tabulated and a longlist publicized on July 1, 2011, to coincide with the country’s birthday.
The second stage of the project will ask Canadians to comment and vote on the longlist. Throughout July content will be added to the site – profiles of books and features on the authors – leading up to August 1, 2011, when the most influential books on Canadian politics of the past 25 years will be revealed.
“We are seeking to kick-start a wider discussion about the issues these books raise and highlight their relevance and value to Canadians,” said Alison Loat, co-founder and executive director, Samara.
“In the aftermath of our recent federal election, there is an appetite to better understand our political history,” said Don Oravec, executive director, the Writers’ Trust of Canada. “Our goal is to expose readers to works that enlighten, empower and explain our country.”
To nominate titles or discover more information about the project visit: www.samaracanada.com/Best_Political_Books.