Shortlist for 2018 Vine Awards announced

Class Mom by Laurie Gelman

The Koffler Centre of the Arts has announced the shortlist for the 2018 Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature. Winners will be announced on Oct.11 at an Award Luncheon at the Windsor Arms Hotel, Toronto.

The Vine Awards honour both 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 Other Mrs. Smith – Bonnie Burstow (Inanna Publications);

Class Mom – Laurie Gelman (Henry Holt and Company);

So Much Love – Rebecca Rosenblum (McClelland & Stewart).


Buried Words: The Diary of Molly Applebaum -Molly Applebaum (The Azrieli Foundation);

The Handover – Elaine Dewar (Biblioasis);

Siberian Exile: Blood, War, and a Granddaughter’s Reckoning – Julija Sukys (University of Nebraska Press).

Siberian Exile by Julija Sukys


Not in My Family: Germany Memory and Responsibility After the Holocaust – Roger Frie (Oxford University Press);

The Blue Shirts: Adrien Arcand and Fascist Anti-Semitism in Canada – Hugues Théoret (University of Ottawa Press);

In the Name of Humanity: The Secret Deal to End the Holocaust – Max Wallace (Allen Lane).

Children’s/Young Adult:

Maud – Melanie Fishbane (Penguin Random House);

To Look a Nazi in the Eye: A Teen’s Account of a War Criminal Trial – Kathy Kacer (Second Story Press);

Rare is Everywhere – Deborah Katz (Miss Bird Books).