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Oct. 4, 2016

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The Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction is celebrating 25 years with special events including an author reading and book signing with 2016 winner, Ann Whalmsley as well as an exclusive dinner with past winners.

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. Laurier is the only university in Canada to bestow a nationally recognized literary award.

The $10,000 award encourages and recognizes Canadian writers for a first or second work of creative non-fiction that includes a Canadian locale and/or significance.

You are cordially invited to join us for the following events.

Award Presentation to the Award Winner

Join us in celebrating Ann Walmsley, winner of the 2016 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction for The Prison Book Club (Viking).

The Prison Book Club will be available for purchase and Walmsley will be signing copies.

Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Location: First floor of the Library, Waterloo campus
  • A reception with light refreshments will follow

Registration

The award presentation event is free; however, registration is required.

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Author Reading and Book Signing

Attend a special author reading and book signing with author and journalist, Ann Walmsley. Copies of her book, The Prison Book Club, will be available for purchase.

Event Details

  • Date: Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Location: Carnegie Building, CB100, Brantford campus
  • A complimentary light lunch will be served

Registration

The event is free; however, registration is required.

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Special Presentation with Douglas Gibson

In honour of the 25th anniversary, there will be a special presentation with host Douglas Gibson, Canadian publisher, editor and writer.

A number of past recipients of the award will also be in attendance.

Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m
  • Location: Princess Cinema, 6 Princess Street West, Waterloo
  • Reception will follow (cash bar).

Registration

Purchase your tickets today as space is limited.

  • General: $10
  • Students: $5 (use discount code: EDNASTUDENT)

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Exclusive Dinner

Join us for an exclusive “Schmeck-style” tapas dinner and signature cocktail to celebrate 25 years of storytelling that is “inspiring lives.” Past winners of the Edna Staebler Award who will be in attendance include:

  • Wayson Choy, Paper Shadows (2000)
  • Taras Grescoe, Sacré Blues (2001)
  • Joshua Knelman, Hot Art (2012)
  • Ann Mullens, Timely Death (1997)
  • Liza Potvin, White Lies (for my mother) (1993)
  • Lynn Thomson, Birding with Yates: A Memoir (2015)
  • Marie Wadden, Nitassinan (1992)
  • Helen Waldstein-Wilkes, Letters from the Lost (2011)
  • Ann Walmsley, The Prison Book Club (2016)
  • Alison Watt, The Last Island (2003)

Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 at 5 p.m.
  • Location: Nic and Nat's Uptown 21, 21 King Street North, Waterloo

Registration

Purchase your ticket today as space is limited. The cost for the dinner is $100 (cash bar). The purchase of a dinner ticket includes entry to the 7 p.m. presentation.

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