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Red Star Tattoo

December 02nd, 2015

After graduating from the Simon Fraser University Writer’s Studio, Sonja Larsen published Red Star Tattoo: My Life as a Girl Revolutionary (Random House Canada $32). The book is a memoir of surviving a childhood of loss and abuse and follows her struggle for belonging. Sonja Larsen has been published in the Globe and Mail, Room, Descant and other print and online literary magazines. At the time of publication of Red Star Tattoo she was working with youth in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. 978-0-345-81527-9


Sonja Larsen won the 2017 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction for her memoir, Red Star Tattoo: My Life as a Girl Revolutionary (Random House Canada, 2016).

Red Star Tattoo is the story of Sonja Larsen’s unconventional and transient youth, as well as her personal experience in counterculture organizations, including her association with a clandestine wing of the Communist Party of USA.

Established and endowed by writer and award-winning journalist Edna Staebler in 1991, the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction is administered by Wilfrid Laurier University, the only university in Canada to bestow a nationally recognized literary award. The $10,000 award encourages and recognizes Canadian writers for a first or second work of creative non-fiction that includes a Canadian locale and/or significance.

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