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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
August 27, 2016
Canadian Excellence


2004: Andrea Curtis

The information below is adapted from the news release issued in 2004

A book that chronicles the tragedy, disaster and promise of early life on the Great Lakes is the winner of the 2004 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction. Author Andrea Curtis has won the award for the personal account found in Into the Blue: Family Secrets and the Search for a Great Lakes Shipwreck.

Into the Blue explores the shadows cast over Curtis’ family by a century-old shipwreck on Georgian Bay. Using family stories, archival research and fictionalized re-enactments, Curtis narrates her family’s history. Into the Blue recreates a time when Canadians persevered through unthinkable loss, violence and disaster, and brings to life a grand era of Great Lakes history.

“The judges felt Into the Blue was a fine example of creative non-fiction, in which Andrea Curtis writes a language that is sure and sophisticated, beautifully lyrical,” says Staebler award administrator, Kathryn Wardropper. “This is swashbuckling romance with a light touch. It is a thoroughly credible and enjoyable book.”

Andrea Curtis is a National Magazine Award winner and has worked as a magazine editor and writer for the past 10 years. She was editor-in-chief of This Magazine and remains a contributing editor to Toronto Life and This. She lives in Toronto.

The shortlist for the 2004 Edna Staebler Award also included:

  • Rogue Diamonds: The Rush for Northern Riches on Dene Land by Ellen Bielawski,
  • Wondrous Strange: The Life and Art of Glenn Gould by Kevin Bazzana,
  • From Somewhere Else: A Memoir by Ralph Osborne,
  • Discovering Eden: A Lifetime of Paddling Arctic Rivers by Alex M. Hall.