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Awards: Bezmozgis‚ Michaels‚ Sher among Vine Awards shortlisters

Sean Michaels (photo: John Londono)

Sean Michaels (photo: John Londono)

The Koffler Centre for the Arts has released the lists of finalists for its annual Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature‚ offering a $10,000 prize every three years in each category of fiction‚ non-fiction, history, books for young people, and poetry.

Winners will be announced during a luncheon at Toronto’s Four Seasons Hotel on Sept. 29.


  • David Bezmozgis‚ The Betrayers (HarperCollins)
  • Joseph Kertes‚ The Afterlife of Stars (Penguin Canada)
  • Sean MichaelsUs Conductors (Random House Canada)
  • Mireille Silcoff‚ Chez L’Arabe (House of Anansi Press)


  • Bob Bossin‚ Davy the Punk (The Porcupine’s Quill)
  • Mark Celinscak‚ Distance from the Belsen Heap: Allied Forces and the Liberation of a Nazi Concentration Camp (University of Toronto Press)
  • Daniel J. Levitin‚ The Organized Mind (Penguin Canada)
  • Joe Schwarcz‚ Monkeys‚ Myths and Molecules (ECW Press)


  • Beverley Chalmers‚ Birth, Sex and Abuse: Women’s Voices Under Nazi Rule (Grosvenor House Publishing)
  • Andrew Cohen‚ Two Days in June: John F. Kennedy and the 48 Hours that Made History (McClelland & Stewart)
  • Maria Noriega Rachwal‚ From Kitchen to Carnegie Hall: Ethel Stark and the Montreal Women’s Symphony Orchestra (Second Story Press)
  • Ira Robinson‚ A history of Antisemitism in Canada (Wilfrid Laurier University Press)

Children’s/Young Adult

  • Emil Sher‚ Young Man With Camera (Scholastic Canada)
  • Shelly Sanders‚ Rachel’s Hope (Second Story)
  • Eva Wiseman‚ The World Outside (Tundra Books)
  • Frieda Wishinsky; Willow Dawson‚ ill‚ Avis Dolphin (Anansi)


  • Daniel Goodwin‚ Catullus’s Soldiers (Cormorant Books)
  • Seymour Mayne‚ Cusp word Sonnets (Ronald P. Frye and Co.)
  • Ruth Panofsky‚ The Collected Poems of Miriam Waddington (University of Ottawa Press)
  • Rachel Zolf‚ Janey’s Arcadia (Coach House Books)