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Rebecca Rosenblum, Max Wallace nominated for $10K Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature

The Vine Awards recognize literature by Canadian Jewish writers, as well as authors who write about Jewish subjects, in four categories: fiction, history, nonfiction and young adult/children's literature.
Rebecca Rosenblum and Max Wallace are among the finalists of the 2018 Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature. (Dave Starrett/International Photo Imaging)

The Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature have released their 2018 shortlists, recognizing Rebecca Rosenblum's debut novel So Much Love in the fiction category and Max Wallace's RBC Taylor Prize finalist In the Name of Humanity in the history category.

The Vine Awards celebrate literature by Canadian Jewish writers, as well as authors who write about Jewish subjects, in four categories: fiction, history, nonfiction and young adult/children's literature. Each comes with a $10,000 grand prize.

Rosenblum was also a finalist for the 2017 Amazon.ca First Novel Award for her thriller So Much Love, which told the story of a small town coming to grips with the disappearance of a local woman. Her fellows in the fiction category include Laurie Gelman for her novel Class Moma Leacock Medal finalist, and Bonnie Burstow for The Other Mrs. Smith.

Wallace's In the Name of Humanity is the result of 17 years of research and reveals the top-secret deal that led to the Nazis destroying weapons of mass murder in death camps during the waning months of World War Two.

The book is joined in the history category by Hugues Théoret's examination of anti-semitism and fascism in Canada called The Blue Shirts and Roger Frie's family memoir of the Holocaust Not in My Family.

The three books on the nonfiction shortlist are Buried Words, a memoir of Molly Applebaum's experience hiding in a box underground during the Holocaust, The HandoverElaine Dewar's account of the sale of McClelland & Stewart to a German media giant, and Siberian Exile, in which Julija Šukys shares her grandparents' story of survival under Stalin's regime.

In the children's literature category, Melanie Fishbane is nominated for Mauda fictionalization of Lucy Maud Montgomery's teenage years, Kathy Kacer is shortlisted for To Look a Nazi in the Eyea teenager's nonfiction account of attending the trial of a war criminal, and Deborah Katz is a finalist for Rare is Everywhere, a children's book about rare animals.

This year's jury panel includes Lee Maracle, Beverley Chalmers and Joseph Kertes. The winners will be announced on Oct. 11 in Toronto.

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