Shortlist for Edna Staebler Award announced
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.