Shortlist for Edna Stae­bler Award an­nounced

Waterloo Region Record - - LOCAL - Record staff

WATER­LOO — Three books have been short­listed for this year’s Edna Stae­bler Award for Cre­ative Non-Fic­tion worth $10,000.

Ad­min­is­tered by Wil­frid Lau­rier Univer­sity, the award rec­og­nizes Canadian writ­ers for a first or se­cond work of cre­ative non-fic­tion that in­cludes a Canadian lo­cale or sig­nif­i­cance. The 2017 shortlist:

“Red Star Tat­too” by Sonja Larsen (Ran­dom House Canada), a story of the au­thor’s youth in coun­ter­cul­ture or­ga­ni­za­tions start­ing in the com­munes where she spent much of her child­hood.

“The Shoe Boy” by Dun­can McCue (Non­vella), the story of the son of an Ojibwe fa­ther and a white mother who moved from south­ern On­tario to north­ern Que­bec and the iso­la­tion he felt there by the lan­guage and cul­ture.

“The Ele­phants in My Back­yard” by Ra­jiv Suren­dra (Ran­dom House Canada), the for­mer ac­tor’s story of pre­par­ing to au­di­tion the ti­tle char­ac­ter in the film adap­ta­tion of Yann Mar­tel’s “Life of Pi.”

The win­ner will be an­nounced later this month.

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