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Joshua Knelman’s Hot Art wins Edna Staebler Award

Toronto writer Joshua Knelman has won this year’s Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-fiction for Hot Art: Chasing Thieves and Detectives Through the Secret World of Stolen Art (Douglas & McIntyre).

The $10,000 award, administered by Wilfrid Laurier University, will be presented on Nov. 13 in Waterloo, Ontario.

In a press release, award juror and Laurier professor Ute Lischke called the book “a hugely satisfying and meticulously researched real-life detective story that will surprise and intrigue you.”

Hot Art was nominated for the prize alongside Robyn Michele Levy’s Most of Me: Surviving My Medical Meltdown (Greystone Books) and Andrew Westoll‘s The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: A Canadian Story of Resilience and Recovery (HarperCollins Canada).