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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
June 25, 2016

Canadian Excellence


2002: Tom Allen

The information below is adapted from the news release issued in 2002

Tom Allen's Rolling Home: A Cross Canada Railroad Memoir is the winner of the 2002 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction.

Rolling Home is Allen's attempt at capturing the mood and romance of train travel in Canada. The book, which reads as part celebration, part travelogue and part lament, follows the author's travels across the country, alone and with his family, meeting the passengers, engineers, cooks and porters.

"The judges felt Rolling Home provided an evocative cross-country tour of Canada by train," says Staebler award administrator Kathryn Wardropper. "Tom Allen's experiences growing up during the last hurrah of passenger rail travel and its image buffed with lore and romance makes this a story with the drama, disappointments and history of Canada's railway."

Tom Allen is an accomplished storyteller and broadcaster. He holds degrees from McGill and Yale universities. He currently hosts CBC Radio Two's morning show Music & Company, and is the former host of Radio Two's Weekender and Fresh Air. His first book, Toe Rubber Blues: Midlife Thoughts on the Prospects of Aging, was published in 1999.

Other Publications by Tom Allen:

  • The Gift of the Game (2005)
  • Toe Rubber Blues: Mid-life Thoughts on the Prospects of Aging (1999)

Click here for for information about Tom Allen on the CBC Radio website.

The shortlist for the 2002 Edna Staebler Award also included:

  • Notes on a Beermat by Nicholas Pashley,
  • Waltzing the Tango by Gabriel Bauer,
  • The Last Guide by Ron Corbett and
  • Under Syndenham Skies by Cornelia Johanna Baines.