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Peter Behrens, Matti Friedman among 2017 Vine Award recipients

Matti Friedman

The winners of this year’s Vine Awards for the best in Canadian Jewish literature, administered by the Koffler Centre of the Arts, were announced at a ceremony at Toronto’s Park Hyatt Hotel on Oct. 3.

The prize, administered by the Koffler Centre of the Arts, offers a prize of $10,000 in each of four categories, with a fifth award for poetry in alternating years.

A jury comprising authors Ami Sands Brodoff, Bob Bossin, and Cary Fagan selected the following recipients from 58 submissions:

Fiction: Peter Behrens for his novel Carry Me (House of Anansi Press)

Non-fiction: Miriam Libicki for her memoir Toward a Hot Jew (Fantagraphics Books)

History: Matti Friedman for his RBC Taylor Prize–shortlisted title Pumpkin Flowers: A Soldier’s Story (McClelland & Stewart)

Children’s/YA: Irene N. Watts and Katheryn E. Shoemaker, ill., Seeking Refuge (Tradewind Books)