2018 Jury

Beverley Chalmers is an internationally renowned academic with over 280 publications including 45 book chapters, and 10 books to her credit. She has two doctoral degrees, a Doctorate of Science in Medicine (DSc (Med)) and a PhD in Psychology, and has undertaken over 140 international health promotion activities in over 25 countries in the field of perinatal health. Her book, ‘Birth, Sex and Abuse: Women’s Voices under Nazi Rule’ (2015) was awarded a Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature, a USA National Jewish Book Award, a Canadian Jewish Literary Award, a CHOICE ‘Outstanding Academic Title Award, and a further eight’ winner’, or ‘finalist’, book awards.   Her most recent book ‘Family-Centred Perinatal Care: Improving Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum Care‘ was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.

Joseph Kertes was born in Hungary, but escaped with his family to Canada after the revolution of 1956. A recipient of numerous awards for teaching and innovation, Kertes founded Humber College’s creative writing and comedy programs, and was until recently Humber’s Dean of Creative and Performing Art. His first novel, Winter Tulips, won the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour in 1989. Boardwalk, his second novel, and two children’s books, The Gift and The Red Corduroy Shirt, met with critical acclaim. His 2008 novel Gratitude won a Canadian Jewish Book Award and the U.S. National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. Kertes’s latest novel is called The Afterlife of Stars. It was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. He is the most recent recipient of the Harbourfront Festival Prize.

Lee Maracle is a Coast Salish poet and author of a number of critically acclaimed literary works, including Ravensong, Daughters Are Forever and Will’s Garden(fiction); Bobbi Lee: Indian Rebel and I am Woman: A Native Perspective on Sociology and Feminism (non-fiction); and Bent Box (poetry). She has been widely published in anthologies and scholarly journals and is the co-editor of a number of anthologies, including the award winning publication My Home As I Remember. Ms. Maracle is a member of the Stó:lō Nation and was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2018.


2017 Jury

Bob BossinAmi Sands BrodoffCary Fagan

2016 Jury

Pierre AnctilDevyani Saltzman, Laurence Siegel