2004: Andrea Curtis
The information below is adapted from the news release issued in 2004
A book that chronicles the tragedy, disaster and promise of early life on the Great Lakes is the winner of the 2004 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction. Author Andrea Curtis has won the award for the personal account found in Into the Blue: Family Secrets and the Search for a Great Lakes Shipwreck.
Into the Blue explores the shadows cast over Curtis’ family by a century-old shipwreck on Georgian Bay. Using family stories, archival research and fictionalized re-enactments, Curtis narrates her family’s history. Into the Blue recreates a time when Canadians persevered through unthinkable loss, violence and disaster, and brings to life a grand era of Great Lakes history.
“The judges felt Into the Blue was a fine example of creative non-fiction, in which Andrea Curtis writes a language that is sure and sophisticated, beautifully lyrical,” says Staebler award administrator, Kathryn Wardropper. “This is swashbuckling romance with a light touch. It is a thoroughly credible and enjoyable book.”
Andrea Curtis is a National Magazine Award winner and has worked as a magazine editor and writer for the past 10 years. She was editor-in-chief of This Magazine and remains a contributing editor to Toronto Life and This. She lives in Toronto.
The shortlist for the 2004 Edna Staebler Award also included:
- Rogue Diamonds: The Rush for Northern Riches on Dene Land by Ellen Bielawski,
- Wondrous Strange: The Life and Art of Glenn Gould by Kevin Bazzana,
- From Somewhere Else: A Memoir by Ralph Osborne,
- Discovering Eden: A Lifetime of Paddling Arctic Rivers by Alex M. Hall.