October is Library Month!
The 2013 Edna Staebler Award for Creatie Non-Fiction has gone to author Carol Shaben for her book Into the Abyss: How a Deadly Plane Crash Changed the Lives of a Pilot, a Politician, a Criminal and a Cop.
This is the story of the tragic 1984 crash that killed six people, including Grant Notley, leader of Alberta’s New Democratic Party, and injured four, including the author’s father, Larry Shaben, Canada’s first Muslim cabinet minister and Alberta MLA.
The book has been underway ever since the event. It details not only the crash and the people involved, but also how their lives were collectively changed in the years after the event.
The award, worth $10,000, is given for a first or second work of creative non-fiction with Canadian local and/ or significance. This is Shaben’s first book, but she was already an accomplished writer. She grew up in High Prairie.