Pauline Dakin wins Edna Staebler Award

I’m pleased to welcome Pauline Dakin, author of Run, Hide Repeat and winner of this year’s Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, to Laurier’s Brantford campus next week. On Friday, Nov. 9, from 11:30 am to 1 pm, I’ll be hosting a public conversation with Dakin about her memoir in Read Lounge, on the lower floor of the Carnegie Building. It’s a great opportunity to meet a talented writer, and former CBC journalist, pick up a copy of her book and enjoy a free lunch. The event is free and open to the public, so we encourage all Brantford book-lovers to attend!

Run, Hide, Repeat is one of the best books I’ve read recently and one I more or less had to read in one sitting; it is a true page-turner. Here’s what we judges had to say about this incredible memoir:

When Pauline Dakin was 23, her mother made a startling confession: their family had been hiding from the Mafia since she was a child, as part of a shadowy witness protection program. In some ways, the revelation was a relief, explaining their many sudden moves and her mother’s obsession with privacy. But as it seemed to solve some mysteries, it presented another: Was her mother’s incredible explanation true? In this page-turning memoir, Dakin recounts her family’s unique story, which reads like the best of spy thrillers but is, at the same time, a moving reflection on the demands and limits of our closest relationships.

You can find out more information about the event here.