Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter has been shortlisted for the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction.
Listen to Alison’s CBC interview regarding the nomination:
The Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction is a unique award—the only one offered in Canada for the genre. Established in 1991 by writer and literary journalist Edna Staebler, it recognizes a Canadian writer of a first or second published book with a Canadian locale and/or significance.
According to the award’s website, creative non-fiction is literary not journalistic. The writer does not merely give information but intimately shares an experience with the reader by telling a factual story using the devices of fiction, including:
- original research;
- well-crafted interpretive writing;
- personal discovery or experience;
- the creative use of language or approach to the subject matter;
- dialogue; and
- a narrative about people who come alive.
Rather than emphasizing objectivity, the book should have feeling, and should be a compelling, engaging read.
From the earliest days, Canadian non-fiction writers have been recording their experiences in imaginative ways. The genre has firm roots in the work of Susannah Moody, Farley Mowat, Pierre Berton and Edna Staebler herself.