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“A Future Without Hate or Need” short-listed for the Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature

A Future Without Hate or Need: The Promise of the Jewish Left in Canada by Ester Reiter has been shortlisted in history for the Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature.

The Vine Awards honour both the best Canadian Jewish writers and Canadian authors who deal with Jewish subjects in four categories; fiction, non-fiction, history and young adult/children’s literature; each with a prize of $10,000. An additional $10,000 prize for poetry will be awarded again in 2019. The Jury, Ami Sands Brodoff, Bob Bossin, and Cary Fagan selected the shortlist from the 58 submissions accepted this year.

The Jury declared A Future Without Hate or Need “A generous portrait of people whose own struggles were so often superseded by a vision of the common good.”

Driven from their homes in Russia, Poland, and Romania by pogroms and poverty, many Jews who came to Canada in the wave of immigration after the 1905 Russian revolution were committed radicals. A Future Without Hate or Need brings to life the rich and multi-layered lives of a dissident political community, their shared experiences and community-building cultural projects, as they attempted to weave together their ethnic particularity—their identity as Jews—with their internationalist class politics.

Posted August 17th, 2017

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