National Magazine Award–winning journalist Ann Walmsley has won the 25th annual $10,000 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-fiction for The Prison Book Club (Penguin Canada). The 2015 title followed Walmsley as she administered a series of book clubs in Ontario prisons, and examined what she – and the inmates – took from the experience.
Bruce Gillespie‚ a juror of this year’s award and a professor in digital media and journalism at Wilfrid Laurier University, said in a release: “Walmsley’s book provides a unique glimpse into the lives of incarcerated men and the transformative power of literature and fellowship. Walmsley immerses readers in the inmates’ thoughtful, far-ranging discussions about the worlds outside the prison gates that are revealed to them through the books they read.”
Walmsley will be celebrated at a presentation and reception at the university’s Waterloo‚ Ontario, campus on Nov. 3‚ with a special anniversary event for the award with publisher Douglas Gibson and former Edna Staebler Award winners to follow. Walmsley will also present a public speech at the university’s Brantford campus on Nov. 4.