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Bruce Serafin's Stardust an Edna Staebler finalist

Late essayist one of four up for $10,000 creative non-fiction prize

2008.12.19 — Bruce Serafin's Stardust is one of four books on the shortlist for the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction for 2008. Serafin, the founder of the original Vancouver Review, completed Stardust, a book of essays, just before he died in 2007.

The other finalists for the $10,000 award, for a first or second work of creative non-fiction, are Baptism of Fire: The Second Battle of Ypres and the Forging of Canada, April 1915 by Nathan M. Greenfield, French Kiss: Stephen Harper's Blind Date with Quebec, by Chantal Hébert, and The Red Wall: A Woman in the RCMP, by Jane Hall. The winner will be announced next month by the award's administrators, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Past winners include Linden MacIntyre, Denise Chong, Wayson Choy, Taras Grescoe, and Elizabeth Hay.