2017 Jury

Bob Bossin has been writing for 50 years. Circa 1970, he wrote poetry (some published by the fledgling House of Anansi Press), but was tempted away by the bright lights and big bucks of Canadian folk music, founding the iconic Canadian folk group Stringband with Marie-Lynn Hammond. Bob has also written many articles, the book Settling Clayoquot (1981), and the play Bossin’s Home Remedy for Nuclear War (1986). Bossin has been nominated for a National Magazine Award, and his short story Latkes won 2nd prize in the Antigonish Review’s fiction competition. Davy the Punk, Bob’s book about his father’s life in Canada’s gambling underworld of the 1930s won the 2016 Pinsky-Givon Prize and was short-listed for the Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature. He lives on Gabriola Island, BC. bossin.com

Ami Sands Brodoff is the award-winning author of three novels and a volume of stories. Her latest novel, In Many Waters, centres on three orphans whose lives intersect on the island of Malta and grapples with our worldwide refugee crisis. The White Space Between, which focuses on a mother and daughter struggling with the impact of the Holocaust, won a Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction. Bloodknots, a volume of thematically linked stories about families on the edge, was a finalist for The Re-Lit Award. Her debut novel, Can You See Me? was nominated for The Pushcart Prize and is a recommended book of NAMI (The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill). Ami contributes essays, articles and reviews to such diverse publications as Tablet, Vogue, The Globe and Mail, The Montréal Review of Books, and Quill and Quire. She has been awarded fellowships to Yaddo, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Ragdale Foundation, The St. James Cavalier Centre for the Arts in Valletta, Malta, among many others. A native New Yorker, Ami now lives in Montréal. amisandsbrodoff.com

Cary Fagan is the author of six novels and four story collections, including The Old World, A Bird’s Eye and My Life Among the Apes. His books for children include Little Blue Chair, Mr. Zinger’s Hat and Wolfie and Fly. Among his prizes received are two Canadian Jewish Book Awards – for his novel, The Animal’s Waltz and his picture book The Market Wedding. He lives in Toronto, Ontario. caryfagan.com

2016 Jury

Pierre AnctilDevyani Saltzman, Laurence Siegel