One of Our Own Beats Out Margaret Atwood!

Elizabeth Creith wins a Northern Ontario non-fiction literary award.

Elizabeth and her husband, David, at the Northern Ontario Literature Awards dinner.

We are absolutely chuffed here at Stories in the North to announce Elizabeth Creith is this year’s recipient of Ontario Library Service North’s Louise de Kiriline Lawrence award for non-fiction. The award recognizes a Northern Ontario author who has made an outstanding contribution to Northern culture.

And catch this: Elizabeth was shortlisted alongside another none other than Margaret Atwood! Atwood was on the list for her collection of public lectures about science fiction In Other Worlds. 

“To be on the same shortlist as Margaret Atwood was an achievement,” says Elizabeth. “To win? A mind-blower!”

Also on that shortlist was another of our own: Paton Lodge Lindsay for her memoir King of Algonquin Park. 

Elizabeth is a co-founder of Stories in the North and has been writing with Thessalon’s To-The-Point writing group for seven years. Throughout, she has called us to take our stories seriously and inspired us with her own ballsy work ethic.

Elizabeth is just finishing a summer of writing, away from her day-job, after winning a major Northern Works-in-Progress grant from the Ontario Arts Council. This is Elizabeth’s second major writing grant. She won her first major writing grant in a competition of all Ontario writers — Northern and Southern.

She has completed the first two of a trilogy of young adult novels in the past three years. And, the writers’ group has seen her produce manuscripts for four other books, both fiction and non-fiction, during her time with us. She’s also written and published a much-loved children’s book, Erik the Viking Sheep and performed essays and mini-docs on CBC Radio. If you haven’t yet read Elizabeth’s book, Shepherd in Residence you can pick it up right here in the Stories in the North book store.

Way to go Elizabeth!