Posts tagged ‘creative non-fiction’

November 4, 2010

From the ‘zine: Seeing Through Red

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Seeing Through Red
by Laura Dvorak

A week after I left the heat soared. The roads of Moscow were melting and men were dying, although indirectly and largely in part because they tried swimming the Baltic, bellies filled with vodka. Red vodka was my favorite, the cherry sweetness smooth and cool. The steaming streets of Moscow, becoming stickier in the third week of vindictive temperatures, were sprayed by convoys of water trucks, perhaps the very road-cleaning trucks the taxi crept behind, tires sluicing wet tar early Saturday morning two days before solstice. Maraschino light spilled across blocky buildings along the freeway. As the airport grew taller, I didn’t want to leave.

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October 16, 2010

Edna Staebler Award Winner

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This week, Kitchener, Ontario author John Leigh Walters was awarded the 2010 Edna Staebler Award for creative non-fiction for his first book A Very Capable Life: The Autobiography of Zarah Petri.

Walters’ A Very Capable Life is the story of his mother, Zarah Petri, and her life as an immigrant during the twentieth century. Walters is being heralded for mastering the first-person autobiography of another person. He writes Petri’s stories in her voice, from her point of view, and creatively reinterprets landmark twentieth century events through her perception.

Now retired, Walters hosted and produced television shows in Canada and the United States for most of his life. Most recently, he hosted a program on CTV in Waterloo.

The Edna Staebler Award, established by Staebler in 1991, annually acknowledges the best first or second non-fiction work of an author that significantly portrays Canadian culture or takes place in a Canadian locale. The winner receives $10,000 from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. Wilfrid Laurier University recently published a collection of Staebler’s diary entries entitled Must Write.

Edna Staebler was one of Canada’s most well-known writers, regarded widely for her Mennonite cookbook series Food That Really Shmecks. She also wrote for popular Canadian magazines Maclean’s, Chatelaine, Reader’s Digest and Star Weekly. In 1996 she was awarded the Order of Canada.