Karyn L Freedman, author of One Hour in Paris: A True Story of Rape and Recovery, took home the 2015 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. Honouring the best Canadian non-fiction writers for over ten years now, the award is given out by the British Columbia Achievement Foundation. This year's jury included Jared Bland, Arts Editor at the Globe and Mail, journalist and writer John Fraser, and Anne Giardini, Chancellor of Simon Fraser University.
One Hour in Paris was published by Freehand Books and is both a personal and global journey through trauma and recovery. Freedman weaves together her personal experience with the psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience behind what it means to live in a body that has experienced trauma. From Paris to a trauma centre in Toronto to a rape clinic in Africa, One Hour in Paris is a moving look on survivors and their ability to cope and perserve.