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2008 Creative Non-Fiction Prize Winner

The Malahat Review congratulates Joel Yanofsky of Montreal, whose piece “Bad Day” was selected by our judge, Brian Payton as the winner of our 2008 Creative Non-Fiction Prize.

Payton comments, “this well-written and compelling story takes readers inside the experience of having a child diagnosed with autism. The author’s direct style earns the reader’s empathy. His story is both moving and revealing without resorting to sentimentality. It offers insight into a pivotal moment in the life of a father, husband, and family.”

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The Malahat congratulates Joel Yanofsky, winner of the 2008 Creative Non-fiction Prize.

Joel’s story will be published in issue 165, Winter 2008. For a sneak preview, click here to read an excerpt.

Joel Yanofsky is the author of Homo Erectus, Jacob’s Ladder, and Mordecai & Me: An Appreciation of a Kind, which won the 2004 QWF Mavis Gallant Non-fiction Prize and the Canadian Jewish Book Award. He is currently working on a memoir: Solace: Adventures in Fatherhood and Autism.

Judge Brian Payton’s latest book, Shadow of the Bear: Travels in Vanishing Wilderness, is a work of narrative non-fiction chronicling a personal search for the world’s eight remaining bear species across continents, cultures, and memory.

“Ice From a Glacier” by Leslie Hall Pinder and “Memoir of an Apology: A Trip Down the Highway of the Atom” by Julie Salverson and Peter van Wyck were also singled out for special mention.

The Malahat Review thanks all the entrants for their continuing support.


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