Pauline Dakin's Run, Hide, Repeat wins $10K creative nonfiction prize

The journalist's memoir was praised by the Edna Staebler Award judges as "a true story unlike any other you've read that will keep you guessing from beginning to end."
Former CBC journalist Pauline Dakin tells a gripping story of a childhood spent on the run with incredible twists in her memoir, Run, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood. (Viking)

Pauline Dakin has been chosen to receive the annual $10,000 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction for Run, Hide, Repeata memoir of her childhood spent on the run.

"This is a true story unlike any other you've read that will keep you guessing from beginning to end," said juror Bruce Gillespie.

"More than just a mystery, Dakin's memoir is also a moving reflection on the complexity of family relationships."

In Run, Hide, RepeatDakin recounts how her mother would abruptly move their family thousands of kilometres without explanation. Later in life, Dakin's mother confessed that they were running from the Mafia. But as Dakin investigates, she finds the truth is actually much stranger.

The Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction is administered annually by Wilfrid Laurier University and honours a Canadian writer's first or second work of creative nonfiction.

The other two books on the shortlist were Life on the Ground Floor by James Maskalyk and A History of Canada in Ten Maps by Adam Shoalts.


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