Sunday, October 22, 2017 | 11 AM – 12 PM
Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West
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The Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature is a significant literary award in Canada, with annual prizes of $10,000 for the best writing in the categories of Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children’s/Young Adult, Poetry and History. This year’s shortlist included 13 remarkable titles selected by a Jury consisting of nationally acclaimed writers Bob Bossin, Ami Sands Brodoff and Cary Fagan.

In this roundtable, artistic producer Nick Hutcheson will be joined by authors Danila Botha and Eric Beck Rubin to discuss their Vine Award shortlisted books For All the Men (And Some of the Women) I’ve Known and School of Velocity. Hosted by the Koffler’s Mary Anderson, Producer, Public Programs and Literary Events.




Presented by IFOA in partnership with the Koffler Centre of the Arts and the Vine Awards.

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 a finalist for the Trillium Book Award in 2017 and was shortlisted for the Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature. 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. Nick 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.

Images at top: Danila Botha (photo: Ayelet Tsabari), Eric Beck Rubin.