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2019 Canadian Jewish Literary Awards

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The Canadian Jewish Literary Awards is honouring eight outstanding books for 2019. Now in its fifth year, the Canadian Jewish Literary Awards recognizes and rewards the finest Canadian Jewish writing. Not listed here are winners, Alexandra Popoff for Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century (Yale University Press), Michael Kater for Culture in Nazi Germany (Yale University Press), and 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)
The Gown

The Gown

A Novel of the Royal Wedding
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USA Today Bestseller!

A Real Simple Best Historical Fiction novels of the year!

The Gown is marvelous and moving, a vivid portrait of female self-reliance in a world racked by the cost of war.”--Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network

From the internationally bestselling author of Somewhere in France comes an enthralling historical novel about one of the most famous wedding dresses of the twentieth century—Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown—and the fascinating wom …

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The Art of Leaving

The Art of Leaving

A Memoir
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WINNER OF THE CANADIAN JEWISH LITERARY AWARD FOR MEMOIR

FINALIST FOR THE HILARY WESTON WRITERS' TRUST PRIZE FOR NONFICTION

An unforgettable memoir about a young woman who tries to outrun loss, but eventually finds a way home.

Ayelet Tsabari was 21 years old the first time she left Tel Aviv with no plans to return. Restless after two turbulent mandatory years in the Israel Defense Forces, Tsabari longed to get away. It was not the never-ending conflict that drove her, but the grief that had shaken …

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Spies of No Country

Spies of No Country

Behind Enemy Lines at the Birth of the Israeli Secret Service
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From the award-winning and critically-acclaimed author of Pumpkinflowers, the never-before-told story of the mysterious "Arab Section": the Jewish-"Arab" spies who, under deep cover in Beirut as refugees, helped the new State of Israel win the War of Independence.

In his third non-fiction book, Matti Friedman introduces us to four unknown young men who are caught up in the fraught events surrounding the birth of Israel in 1948 and drawn into secret lives, becoming the nucleus of Israel's intellig …

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A Cage Without Bars

A Cage Without Bars

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In 1492, Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain signed the Edict of Expulsion, giving all Jews three months to leave the country. In the aftermath, twelve-year-old Joseph escapes to Lisbon, Portugal with his parents and younger sister, Gracia. After only eight months of safety, Joseph and Gracia, along with hundreds of other Jewish children, are kidnapped from the port in Lisbon and put on a ship. They then make a dangerous journey to the island of São Tomé, off the coast of West Africa. N …

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Confessions of a Yiddish Writer and Other Essays

Confessions of a Yiddish Writer and Other Essays

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Chava Rosenfarb (1923–2011) was one of the most prominent Yiddish novelists of the second half of the twentieth century. Born in Poland in 1923, she survived the Lodz ghetto, Auschwitz, and Bergen-Belsen, immigrating to Canada in 1950 and settling in Montreal. There she wrote novels, poetry, short stories, plays, and essays, including The Tree of Life: A Trilogy of Life in the Lodz Ghetto, a seminal novel on the Holocaust.

Confessions of a Yiddish Writer and Other Essays comprises thirteen per …

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