Politics and the Pen gala

The 16th annual Politics and the Pen gala returned to the Château Laurier again this year, packing out the ballroom in a glitzy show of support for the Writers' Trust of Canada, Canadian authors, and politics. 'Stephen Harper,' the biography written by The Globe and Mail's John Ibbitson, won the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen prize. The event has quickly earned the reputation as one of Ottawa's top social events of the year.

Winner of the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen prize, John Ibbitson. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright.

Hosts of the evening, Catherine Clark and Ben Mulroney. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright.

Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr and NDP MP Charlie Angus. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright.

PMO staffer Brittney Kerr and former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright.

Design consultant Kelly Mounce and Jane Kennedy. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright.

Douglas Knight, Chair of the Writers' Trust. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright.

Writers' Trust publicist Becky Toyne, left, and Mary Osborne, executive director of the Writers' Trust of Canada, right. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright.

The Globe and Mail's Bob Fife and government representative in the Senate Peter Harder. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright.

Canada 2020's Don Newman and Politics and the Pen co-chair Elizabeth Gray-Smith. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright.

CBC's Joanne Chianello and Robyn Bresnahan. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright.

CBC's The National host Peter Mansbridge. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright.

The Globe and Mail's Campbell Clark and John Ibbitson, Maclean's John Geddes, and award finalist author Greg Donaghy. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright.

Clerk of the PCO Michael Wernick and PMJT's director of issues management Zita Astravas. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright.

The 16th Annual Politics and the Pen gala went down in Ottawa on April 20. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright.