York University to host event honouring winners of Canadian Jewish Literary Awards


TORONTO, October 24, 2019 – Eight outstanding books have been chosen for this year’s Canadian Jewish Literary Awards. Creators of these works will be honoured at a presentation ceremony hosted by York University on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m.

image of the 2019 Canadian Jewish Literary Awards winnersThe free public event will be a venue to meet the winning authors, including Professor Emeritus Michael Kater of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies.

“The honorees, living around the world, are bestselling Canadian authors and their books reflect the vibrancy of the culture and the appeal of Jewish themes for fiction and non-fiction writing,” said Jury Chair, Edward Trapunski.

The awards program, now in its fifth year, is sponsored in part by York’s  Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies. It recognizes Jewish writing in a number of categories: fiction, memoir, biography, history, scholarship, Holocaust, Yiddish, and books for children and youth. History and Humanities Professor Carl S. Ehrlich, editor of the winner in the Holocaust category, is also among the honorees.

WHAT: 2019 Canadian Jewish Literary Awards ceremony

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, 2 p.m.

WHERE: Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building, York University Keele Campus (building number 92 on the map)


  • Fiction: Jennifer Robson for The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding (HarperCollins)
  • Memoir: Ayelet Tsabari for The Art of Leaving (Harper/Collins)
  • Biography: Alexandra Popoff for Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century (Yale University Press)
  • History: Matti Friedman for Spies of No Country: Behind Enemy Lines at the Birth of the Israeli Secret Service (Signal/McClelland & Stewart)
  • Children/Youth: Anne Dublin for A Cage Without Bars (Second Story Press)
  • Yiddish: Chava Rosenfarb for Confessions of a Yiddish Writer and Other Essays (McGill-Queen's University Press)
  • Scholarship: Michael Kater for Culture in Nazi Germany (Yale University Press)
  • 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)

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Media Contacts:
Janice Walls, York University Media Relations, 416.455.4710, wallsj@yorku.ca
Edward Trapunski, Chair, Canadian Jewish Literary Awards jury, 416.720.4700, info@cjlawards.ca