Mark Carney and Hon. John Baird co-host the 2013 Politics and the Pen Gala

This year’s Politics & the Pen Gala at Ottawa’s Chateau Laurier welcomed 500 guests and raised more than $300,000 to support the programmes of the Writers’ Trust of Canada. It was also a swelligant evening where a good time was had by one and all.

Calgary author Marcello Di Cintio may have had a better time than most though. He was named winner of the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing for his book Walls: Travels Along the Barricades.

Here’s some of the press:

CPAC, On the Bright Side. Video footage

Ottawa Citizen. A National Party Writ Large Where Politics meets the Pen

CTV Morning Live interview with Marcello Di Cintio

Globe & Mail Shaughnessy Cohen Prize Nominees interview series. Taras Grescoe

Calgary Herald, feature interview with Marcello Di Cintio