STU prof’s book about life on Maine-N.B. border nominated for prize

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A St. Thomas University journalism professor has been nominated for a political writing award.

Jacques Poitras’ book The Imaginary Line: Life on an unfinished border has been nominated for the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Shaunessy Cohen Prize, which carries a $25,000 award.

The prize recognizes political non-fiction books that increase the public’s understanding on an issue and have the opportunity to shape or influence Canadian political life, a press release says.

Poitras’ book looks at life on the Maine-New Brunswick border today and historically – disputes and all. He examines how, in a post-9/11 world, a divide has emerged between the state and its Canadian neighbours.

Poitras is also CBC Radio’s provincial affairs reporter.

The winner will be announced April 25 in Ottawa.

The shortlist also includes books about former Prime Ministers Pierre Trudeau and John A. MacDonald.

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