01/27/2015 10:45 EST | Updated 03/29/2015 05:59 EDT

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing finalists revealed

TORONTO - Books about "slow politics," the 1995 Quebec referendum, climate change, the voices of aboriginals, and Nova Scotia's recent one-term NDP government have been nominated for the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.

The winner of the award, administered by the Writers' Trust of Canada, will be announced at a gala in Ottawa on March 11.

The five finalists, chosen by prize jurors Denise Chong, Terry Glavin and Jane Taber, are:

— Joseph Heath for "Enlightenment 2.0: Restoring Sanity to Our Politics, Our Economy, and Our Lives" (HarperCollins Publishers)

— Chantal Hebert with Jean Lapierre for "The Morning After: The 1995 Quebec Referendum and the Day that Almost Was" (Knopf Canada)

— Naomi Klein for "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate" (Knopf Canada)

— John Ralston Saul for "The Comeback: How Aboriginals Are Reclaiming Power and Influence" (Viking Canada)

— Graham Steele for "What I Learned About Politics: Inside the Rise-and Collapse-of Nova Scotia's NDP Government" (Nimbus Publishing)

Each author receives $2,500 for making the final list of contenders.

In its 15th year, the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing is awarded each year to a literary non-fiction book on politics.