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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
September 24, 2016
Canadian Excellence


2008: Bruce Serafin

Editor and essayist Bruce Serafin was posthumously awarded the 2008 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction for Stardust, a collection of essays by the author published in June 2007. Serafin’s award was celebrated at an event hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University and Serafin’s publisher New Star Books in the author’s hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia.

The essays in Stardust range from the author’s experiences as a post office employee to commentary on literary and intellectual luminaries such as Roland Barthes and Northrop Frye. The title essay, “Stardust,” offers a personal perspective on the late 1960s student counterculture.

“This eclectic collection of essays, ranging from the literary to the personal to the contemplative, never ceases to inform with the understated rhetoric of a natural teacher and astute observer,” said Laurier English professor Dr. Tanis MacDonald, a member of the judging panel.

“Serafin’s narrative voice has the quiet confidence and an analytical acumen of someone who respects the effort of writing and the value of storytelling.”

Best known for founding and running the arts and culture magazine Vancouver Review, Serafin taught sustantive editing at Douglas College in New Westminster, Britsh Columbia. He was also the author of Colin’s Big Thing, a memoir that the Globe and Mail named one of the 100 best books of 2004.

Other Publications by Bruce Serafin:

  • Colin's Big Thing (2003)

The shortlist for the 2008 Edna Staebler Award also included:

  • 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;
  • The Red Wall: A Woman in the RCMP by Jane Hall.