The Koffler Centre of the Arts has announced the shortlist for the 2017 Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature. Winners will be announced Oct. 3 at the Park Hyatt Hotel.
The Vine Awards honour the best Canadian Jewish writers and Canadian authors who deal with Jewish subjects in four categories: fiction, non-fiction, history and young adult/children’s literature; each with a prize of $10,000.
The jury, Ami Sands Brodoff, Bob Bossin, and Cary Fagan selected the shortlist from the 58 submissions accepted this year.
• Closer: Notes from the Orgasmic
Frontier of Female Sexuality – Sarah Barmak (Coach House Books)
• White Walls – Judy Batalion (Berkley)
• Chasing Utopia – David Leach (ECW Press)
• Toward a Hot Jew – Miriam Libicki
(Fantagraphics Books Inc.)
• School of Velocity – Eric Beck Rubin (Doubleday Canada)
• Carry Me – Peter Behrens (House of Anansi Press)
• For All the Men (and Some of the Women) I’ve Known – Danila Botha (Tightrope Books)
• By Chance Alone – Max Eisen (Harper Collins Publishers)
• Pumpkin Flowers – Matti Friedman (McClelland & Stewart)
• A Future Without Hate or Need: The Promise of the Jewish Left in Canada – Ester Reiter (Between the Lines)
• Feathered – Deborah Kerbel (Kids Can Press)
• Irena’s Children – Tilar Mazzeo and Mary Farrell (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
• Seeking Refuge – Irene N. Watts and Kathryn E. Shoemaker (Tradewind Books).