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Terese Marie Mailhot, Kate Harris shortlisted for $10K Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction

Terese Marie Mailhot is nominated for her epistolary memoir Heart Berries, while Kate Harris is a finalist for her Silk Road travelogue Lands of Lost Borders.
Debut books by Terese Marie Mailhot (left) and Kate Harris are on the 2019 Edna Staebler Award shortlist. (Isiah Mailhot, Pila Kortsalo)

Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot and Lands of Lost Borders by Kate Harris have been shortlisted for the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, an annual $10,000 literary prize.

Mailhot's Heart Berries is written as a series of letters to her partner and late mother. It describes how painful childhood memories on Seabird Island reserve have haunted her as an adult.

The bestselling memoir went on to be nominated for Canada's top literary nonfiction prizes, including the Governor General's Literary Award for nonfiction and Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction. Mailhot was one of 10 recipients of the 2019 Whiting Awards, a $50,000 U.S. ($66,635 Cdn) American literary prize given to writers whose early writing shows promise of "great work to come."

Harris's travelogue Lands of Lost Borders takes readers on a 10,000-km cycling trip along the ancient Silk Road. The book won the 2019 Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for nonfiction and 2019 RBC Taylor Prize.

The final book on the shortlist is Mad Blood Stirring, a researched and personal look into male violence, by journalist Daemon Fairless.

All three books shortlisted are debuts. The winner of the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction will be announced by the end of September.

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