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Anna Mehler
Paperny

Anna Mehler Paperny is a reporter for Reuters who has covered stories ranging from the opioid crisis to migration, from post-quake Haiti to Guantanamo Bay. She has written for the Kingston Whig-Standard, the Edmonton Journal, the San Francisco ChronicleMaclean’s Magazine, and has been a staff reporter at The Globe and Mail and a reporter-editor for Global News, where she developed GlobalNews.ca’s award-winning Investigative Data Desk. Her work on deaths in Canadian prisons won a Dan McArthur Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association for investigative journalism. She lives and works in Toronto.

Award History

2019 Finalist

Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction
for Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me: Depression in the First Person

Jury Citation

"Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me: Depression in the First Person is as gripping a memoir as it is a commanding work of journalism. With a scope that ranges from intimate to panoramic, Anna Mehler Paperny expands outward from her own struggles with suicidal thoughts to explore the dizzying array of medical anti-depression treatments that are available around the world. Personable and passionate — and full of raucous, life-affirming humour — the book casts much-needed light on one of the most persistent and mystifying diseases of our time. This is an urgent read in societies such as ours, where, directly or otherwise, everyone’s life is increasingly affected by depression."

— 2019 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction Jury (Ivan Coyote, Trevor Herriot, and Manjushree Thapa)