Author Kate Harris is the winner of the 2019 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction for her book Lands of Lost Borders.
"For a first book, Lands of Lost Borders reads like the best of travel writing,” said Bruce Gillespie, an award juror and professor in Laurier’s Digital Media and Journalism program. “Harris takes readers on a gruelling bicycle trek through some of the world's most isolated communities. It's a beautifully written, evocative book that will appeal to adventurers and armchair travellers alike."
In addition to Lands of Lost Borders, the shortlist for the 2019 Edna Staebler Award included Mad Blood Stirring by Daemon Fairless and Heart Berries: A Memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot.
The $10,000 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction recognizes Canadian writers for a first or second work of creative non-fiction that includes a Canadian locale or significance. Established and endowed by writer and award-winning journalist Edna Staebler in 1991, the award is administered by Laurier, the only Canadian university to bestow a nationally recognized literary award.