Announcing 2020 Award Winners
Toronto, Sept. 29, 2020 — The Canadian Jewish Literary Awards is honouring nine outstanding books for 2020. Now in its sixth year, the Canadian Jewish Literary Awards recognizes and rewards the finest Canadian writing on Jewish themes and subjects.
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Award Winners 2020
Fiction: Abraham Boyarsky for Through Shadows Slow (8th House Publishing)
Jewish Thought and Culture Tanhum Yoreh for Waste Not: A Jewish Environmental Ethic (SUNY Press)
Biography: Hernan Tesler-Mabé for Mahler¡¯s Forgotten Conductor: Heinz Unger and His Search for Jewish Meaning, 1895¨C1965 (Yale University Press)
History: Derek Penslar for Theodor Herzl: The Charismatic Leader (Yale University Press)
Children/Youth: Edeet Ravel for A Boy is Not a Bird (Groundwood Books)
Yiddish: Ilan Stavans and Josh Lambert, editors for How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish (Restless Books)
Scholarship: David Novak for Athens and Jerusalem: God, Humans, and Nature (University of Toronto Press
Poetry: Elana Wolff for Swoon (Guernica Editions)
Holocaust: Laurent Sagalovitsch for Le Temps des orphelins (Buchet/Chastel)
Award Winners 2019
Holocaust: Leonard and Edith Ehrlich, Carl S. Ehrlich, editor for Choices Under Duress of the Holocaust: Benjamin Murmelstein and the Fate of Viennese Jewry Volume I: Vienna (Texas Tech University Press)
Award Winners 2018
Award Winners 2017
Fiction: Gary Barwin, for Yiddish for Pirates (Vintage Canada).
Holocaust Literature: Myrna Goldenberg, editor, for Before All Memory Is Lost: Women's Voices from the Holocaust (Azrieli Foundation)
Memoir/Biography: Matti Friedman, for Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier's Story (Signal/McClelland & Stewart).
Children and Youth Fiction: Eva Wiseman, for Another Me (Tundra Books)
Poetry: Stuart Ross, for A Sparrow Came Down Resplendent (Wolsak & Wynn)
History: Roger Frie, for Not In My Family: German Memory and Responsibility After the Holocaust (Oxford University Press)
Yiddish: Rachel Seelig, for Strangers in Berlin: Modern Jewish Literature Between East and West 1919-1933 (University of Michigan Press).
Jewish Thought and Culture: Chantal Ringuet and G¨¦rard Rabinovitch, editors, for Les r¨¦volutions de Leonard Cohen (Presses de l'Universit¨¦ du Qu¨¦bec).
Scholarship: Joel Hecker, for The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, Vol 11 (Stanford University Press).
Award Winners 2016
Fiction: Sigal Samuel, for The Mystics of Mile End (Freehand Books).
Holocaust Literature: Agata Tuszyńska, for A Family History of Fear (Knopf Canada)
Memoir/Biography: Howard Akler, for Men of Action (Coach House Press).
Children and Youth Fiction: Anne Dublin, for 44 Hours or Strike! (Second Story Press)
History: Michael Marrus, for Lessons of the Holocaust (University of Toronto Press)
Yiddish: Helen Mintz, translator, for Vilna, My Vilna: Stories by Abraham Karpinowitz (Syracuse University Press).
Jewish Thought and Culture: Julia Creet, Sara R. Horowitz and Amira Bojadzija-Dan, editors, for H.G. Adler: Life, Literature, Legacy (Northwestern University Press).
Scholarship: Sarah Phillips Casteel, for Calypso Jews: Jewishness in the Caribbean Literary Imagination (Columbia University Press).
Award Winners 2015
Novel: Nora Gold, for Fields of Exile (Dundurn Press).
Scholarship: James A. Diamond, for Maimonides and the Shaping of the Jewish Canon (Cambridge University Press).
Biography/Memoir: Alison Pick, for Between Gods: A Memoir (Doubleday Canada).
History: Joseph Hodes, for From India to Israel: Identity, Immigration, and the Struggle for Religious Equality (McGill-Queen¡¯s University Press)
Youth Literature: Suri Rosen, for Playing with Matches (ECW Press)
Poetry: Robyn Sarah, for My Shoes Are Killing Me (Biblioasis).
Holocaust Literature: Beverley Chalmers, for Birth, Sex and Abuse: Women's Voices Under Nazi Rule (Grosvenor House)
Short Fiction: Mireille Silcoff, for Chez l¡¯Arabe (House of Anansi).
Yiddish: Ruth Panofsky, for The Collected Poems of Miriam Waddington: A Critical Edition (University of Ottawa Press).
The Canadian Jewish Literary Awards recognizes the finest books with Jewish themes and subjects by Canadian authors in a variety of genres. It enriches and promotes Canadian Jewish writing and culture, enabling us to better understand our collective past, our shared present, and the world of the future. The Canadian Jewish Literary Awards does more than reward winning authors with a cash prize and a moment in the spotlight. It builds pride, not only in the individuals being honoured, but in the creative achievements that reflect Jewish themes and ideas.
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Rona Arato: Award winning children's book author and author of 15 books.
Miriam Borden: Doctoral student in Yiddish at the University of Toronto, an Oral History Fellow at the Yiddish Book Center, and exhibition curator.