Win­nipeg au­thors net Jewish book awards

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - BOOKS - By Bob Arm­strong

TWO Win­nipeg au­thors were among the hon­ourees in this year’s Cana­dian Jewish Book Awards. Carol Matas was hon­oured in the Youth cat­e­gory for Dear Canada: Pieces of the Past, a com­ing-of-age story about a young Holo­caust sur­vivor set in post-Sec­ond World War Win­nipeg, part of the Scholas­tic se­ries of Dear Canada books of his­tor­i­cal nov­els. Al­bert Kaganovitch, a re­search as­so­ciate of the in­sti­tute for the hu­man­i­ties at the Univer­sity of Man­i­toba, won in the Schol­ar­ship cat­e­gory for his his­tor­i­cal study of a Jewish com­mu­nity in present-day Be­larus, The Long Life and Swift Death of Jewish Rechista. Among other books to win awards were Branded by the Pink Tri­an­gle, by Ken Set­ter­ing­ton, a study of the Nazi per­se­cu­tion of gay men, Cor­re­spon­dences, by the much-hon­oured poet­nov­el­ist Anne Michaels and il­lus­tra­tor Ber­nice Eisen­stein, and South AfricanKen­neth Bon­ert’sCana­dian de­but novel The Lion Seeker. Awards will be pre­sented May 27 in Toronto. Win­nipeg’s J. Gor­don Shilling­ford Pub­lish­ing launches the third of Carolyn Gray’s Win­nipeg-set plays May 26 through its Scirocco Drama im­print. Gray’s screw­ball com­edy, The Miser of Mid­dle­gate, was an adap­ta­tion of The Miser, by French mas­ter Molière, moved to the posh Assini­boine River en­clave. It pre­mièred last fall at Theatre Projects Man­i­toba, the lo­cal com­pany that ear­lier pro­duced Gray’s North End Gothic and The Elm­wood Visi­ta­tion, which were also pub­lished by Scirocco. When not writ­ing plays, Gray is the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Man­i­toba Writ­ers’ Guild. The book launch is at McNally Robin­son Book­sellers at 7 p.m. Blue-state par­ents from San Fran­cisco to New York are reel­ing in light of Rush Lim­baugh be­ing named Amer­ica’s most pop­u­lar chil­dren’s au­thor. The abra­sive ra­dio shouter re­cently beat four best­selling au­thors — the cre­ators of the Di­ver­gent, Wimpy Kid, Percy Jack­son and Dork Diaries fran­chises — to win the Chil­dren’s Choice Book Award for his flag-wav­ing Rush Re­vere and the Brave Pil­grims, part of a se­ries in which a school­teacher named Rush Re­vere takes kids back in time to prove that Barack Obama is a com­mu­nist Mus­lim, or some­thing. The L.A. Times notes that Lim­baugh had called on lis­ten­ers to his ra­dio show to log onto the Chil­dren’s Choice Book Awards web­site and vote for him. For­mer Win­nipeg­ger Gil­lian Sze re­turns to launch her third po­etry collection May 27. In Peel­ing Rambu­tan, the Mon­treal res­i­dent pre­sents po­ems that draw from her ex­pe­ri­ences in her child­hood home in Win­nipeg and from her trav­els in Asia, to the vil­lage of her par­ents’ ori­gin, work­ing with themes of iden­tity, place and his­tory. Sze launches the book at McNally Robin­son Tues­day at 7 p.m., with guest poet Chimwemwe Undi. Hu­man rights and civil lib­er­ties are on the agenda in a pair of book launches Thurs­day and Fri­day at McNally Robin­son Book­sellers. Mon­treal lawyer Pearl Eliadis will launch her book Speak­ing Out on Hu­man Rights: De­bat­ing Canada’s Hu­man Rights Sys­tem, in a pre­sen­ta­tion co-spon­sored by the Cana­dian Mu­seum for Hu­man Rights. In her pre­sen­ta­tion, start­ing at 7:30 p.m. Thurs­day, she’ll take on “myths” spread by crit­ics of Canada’s hu­man­rights com­mis­sions and tri­bunals, which came un­der fire when a pair of high-pro­file cases were launched against Ma­clean’s mag­a­zine in 2007. On Fri­day at 7 p.m., Alan Borovoy, for­mer gen­eral coun­sel for the Cana­dian Civil Lib­er­ties As­so­ci­a­tion, will launch At the Bar­ri­cades, his mem­oir of a ca­reer speak­ing out against abuses of power over the decades.

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