Zelda Abramson

Zelda Abramson is Professor Emerita, Sociology Department Acadia University. As a public sociologist, she strives to combine academic research with social activism. The daughter of Holocaust survivors who settled in Montreal after the War, Zelda grew up immersed in the spoken and unspoken challenges survivors faced as they immigrated and assimilated into Canadian society. Her commitment to public sociology, and her particular interest in reconstructing overlooked stories and voices, led her to undertake research on the lives of Jewish immigrants to Montreal after WWII. The Montreal Shtetl: Making Home After the Holocaust, co-authored with John Lynch, was shortlisted for the History prize at the 2020 Vine Awards.

Nathan Adler

Nathan Adler is the author of Wrist and Ghost Lake (Kegedonce Press), and co-editor of Bawaajigan ~ Stories of Power, a dream-themed anthology of Indigenous writers (Exile Editions). He is a first-place winner of the Aboriginal Writing Challenge, and a recipient of a Hnatyshyn Reveal award for literature. Nathan has an MFA in Creative Writing (UBC), a BFA in Integrated Media (OCAD), and a BA in English Literature & Native Studies (Trent). He is two-spirit, Jewish, Anishinaabe, and a member of Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation. 

Naomi K. Lewis

Naomi K. Lewis is a fiction and nonfiction writer, editor, and creative writing teacher in Calgary. She wrote the novel Cricket in a Fist (2008) and the story collection I Know Who You Remind Of (2012), and co-edited, with Rona Altrows, the anthology Shy (2013). Her journalism has been shortlisted for provincial and national magazine awards, and her 2019 memoir, Tiny Lights for Travellers, won the Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature for Non-Fiction, Alberta's Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Non-Fiction, and the Pinsky Givon Prize for Non-Fiction, a Western Canada Jewish Book Award. It was also a finalist for the Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction and the W.O. Mitchell City of Calgary Book Award. 

2020

Judy Batalion, Alan Levine, Shani Mootoo

2019

Ayesha Chatterjee, Eric Beck Rubin, Melanie J. Fishbane

2018

Beverley Chalmers, Joseph Kertes, Lee Maracle.

2017

Bob Bossin, Ami Sands Brodoff, Cary Fagan.

2016

Pierre Anctil, Devyani Saltzman, Laurence Siegel.

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