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Arno Kopecky Wins Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction

Arno Kopecky Wins Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction

September 2014

B.C. author and journalist Arno Kopecky has won the 2014 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-fiction for The Oil Man and the Sea, published by Douglas & McIntyre. Kopecky will be recognized with two receptions on November 13 at Wilfrid Laurier University, and awarded a $10,000 prize.

Part investigative journalism, part travelogue, The Oil Man and the Sea documents Kopecky’s sailing of the Northern Gateway Pipeline tanker route in a 41ft sailboat. A work of adventure and ecological discovery, the book also unveils the complex social and environmental considerations at the heart of the heated pipeline debate. It was met with favourable reviews and warm praise from literary and environmental communities throughout the country.

First awarded in 1991, the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction is the only award of its kind for this genre offered in Canada, recognizing a Canadian writer of a first or second published book with a Canadian locale or significance.

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