The Koffler Centre of the Arts is proud to announce a significant literary award in Canada – the Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature. This year’s awards presented prizes of $10,000 for the best writing in the categories of Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children’s/Young Adult, and History. This year’s shortlist included 13 titles and our jury included nationally acclaimed writers Bob Bossin, Ami Sands Brodoff, and Cary Fagan. In this roundtable, join Nick Hutcheson in conversation with Eric Beck Rubin and Danila Botha, about their shortlisted books, School of Velocity and For All the Men (And Some of the Women) I’ve Known. Hosted by Koffler’s Mary Anderson, Producer, Public Programs and Literary Events.
Presented in partnership with the Koffler Centre of the Arts and the Vine Awards
The Lillian and Norman Glowinsky Family Foundation continues to support the Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish literature. These awards, originally called the Canadian Jewish Book Awards, were founded in 1988 by Adam Fuerstenberg, whose ambition was to celebrate excellence in Canadian Jewish writing.
Danila Botha is the author of the acclaimed 2010 short fiction collection, Got No Secrets, published in Canada by Tightrope Books and in South Africa by Modjaji Books. Her debut novel, Too Much on the Inside (Quattro Books, 2015), won a Book Excellence Award for Contemporary Novel and was shortlisted for the ReLit Award. Her second short fiction book For All the Men (and Some of the Women) I’ve Known was named a finalist for the Trillium Book Award in 2017. Danila teaches Creative Writing at University of Toronto and at the Humber School for Writers. She is currently finishing a new novel and a new collection of short stories. She lives in Toronto with her family.
Nick Hutcheson is a founding member of the Rare Theatre Company. He is also a broadcast producer at KBS, the host of various public programs with the Koffler Centre of the Arts, and has worked with organizations such as SummerWorks, Spur, Soulpepper, TIFF, The Tarragon Theatre, Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, The New Yorker, Luminato Festival and the Banff Centre.
Eric Beck Rubin is a cultural historian at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture who writes on design, literature and psychology. School of Velocity is his first novel and he is currently at work on a second: a family saga spanning pre-World War II Germany to present-day Los Angeles and Western Canada.