The Vine National Canadian Jewish Book Awards are given each year to celebrate the best in Canadian Jewish literature.

The Koffler Centre of the Arts is pleased to announce the addition of a new category to the Awards in 2024: Humour. This will be a bi-annual award alternating with the bi-annual Poetry Award. Koffler Arts General Director Matthew Jocelyn says “adding a Humour Awards is a long overdue recognition of an essential aspect of the Jewish oral and literary tradition.” 

A $10,000 prize will be given to each winner in the categories of Fiction, History, Non-Fiction, Humour, and Young Adult/Children’s Literature for books published in the 2023 calendar year.


A generous donation by the Lillian and Norman Glowinsky Family Foundation continues their support for Canadian Jewish literature, a tradition they established with the Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Awards in 2004. These Awards, originally called the Canadian Jewish Book Awards, were founded in 1988 by Adam Fuerstenberg whose ambition was to celebrate excellence in Canadian Jewish writing. The Koffler Centre of the Arts has been managing the Awards for the last 27 years.
The Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature continue Fuerstenberg’s original ambition, bringing increased awareness of the Canadian Jewish canon to the public, as well as supporting and celebrating Canadian books and writers.

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