Caesar-Chavannes offers a ‘breathtakingly candid’ look at life in politics
Celina Caesar-Chavannes' memoir, Can You Hear Me Now? How I Found My Voice and Learned to Live with Passion and Purpose, was one of five finalists in this year's Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for the best political book of the year.
Former Liberal-turned-Independent MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes' memoir was described by the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize jury members Peter Dauvergne, Adrian Harewood, and Heather Scoffield as a 'memoir like no other in the history of Canadian politics. Breathtakingly candid, she takes us on a rollercoaster ride through her childhood, relations, mental health struggles, and time in public office. Along the way she exposes deep-seated racism and sexism in Canadian society and on Parliament Hill and reminds us that our politicians are real people: vulnerable, caring, resilient. Her dry sense of humour, sparkling intellect, and courage in speaking her mind leave the reader reeling in admiration. Such a powerful voice cannot be silenced." Photograph courtesy of Celina Caesar-Chavannes