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A story about his wife’s siblings garnered a literary award for John Terpstra ex’74 from Hamilton, Ontario. The Boys, or, Waiting for the Electrician’s Daughter was named winner of the Athens Printing Award for Best Non-Fiction Book. The award is given annually to celebrate Hamilton’s literary achievements and sponsored by local businesses and organizations.

The book honors the lives of three brothers – Neil, Paul, and Eric – each of whom lived with muscular dystrophy until their early twenties. Terpstra celebrates their lives with humor, reverence, and love.

In addition to winning the 2006 Hamilton Literary Award, The Boys, or Waiting for the Electrician’s Daughter was also shortlisted for both the Charles Taylor Prize and the British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-fiction.

This is not the first Hamilton Literary Award for Terpstra. In 2003, his non-fiction debut Falling Into Place also won in that category, and in previous years he has won awards for his poetry titles.

Terpstra is self-employed as a cabinetmaker/woodworker and a writer of poetry and non-fiction.

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