Sept. 21, 2018
For Immediate Release
Waterloo – Author Pauline Dakin is the winner of the 2018 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction for her memoir, Run, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood (Viking).
“This is a true story unlike any other you’ve read that will keep you guessing from beginning to end,” said Bruce Gillespie, an award juror and professor in Laurier’s Digital Media and Journalism program. “More than just a mystery, Dakin’s memoir is also a moving reflection on the complexity of family relationships.”
In addition to Run, Hide, Repeat, the shortlist for the 2018 Edna Staebler Award included: Life on the Ground Floor: Letters From the Edge of Emergency Medicine, by James Maskalyk (Doubleday Canada), and A History of Canada in Ten Maps: Epic Stories of Charting a New Land, by Adam Shoalts (Allen Lane).
Pauline Dakin will be celebrated at two public events at Wilfrid Laurier University:
Thursday, Nov. 8 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Award presentation and book reading in the Robert Langen Art Gallery and Library on the Waterloo campus of Wilfrid Laurier University.
Friday, Nov. 9 from 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Meet the author, Room CB 100 (Reid Lounge) of the Carnegie Building on Laurier’s Brantford campus.
Panel judges for the 2018 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction included: Sharon Brown, Laurier librarian emerita; Bruce Gillespie, associate professor in Laurier’s Digital Media and Journalism program; and Anne Russell, former professor in Laurier’s Department of English & Film Studies.
The $10,000 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction recognizes Canadian writers for a first or second work of creative non-fiction that includes a Canadian locale and/or significance. Established and endowed by writer and award-winning journalist Edna Staebler in 1991, the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction is administered by Wilfrid Laurier University, the only university in Canada to bestow a nationally recognized literary award.
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