Canadian Jewish writers — both living and deceased — were honored today at Canada’s 2011 Governor General’s Literary Awards ceremony in Toronto. The Governor General’s Awards are the oldest Canadian prize for literature (in both English and French) and are organized by the Canada Council for the Arts.
David Bezmozgis and Jonathan Garfinkel, both 38, were recognized for their work in fiction and drama, respectively. Although neither won the top prize in their categories, they were short-listed and honored at this morning’s event at the Enwave Theatre at Toronto’s Harborfront. Bezmozgis, who was also a nominee for the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize, was nominated for his first novel, “The Free World,” about a Jewish Soviet émigré family on their way to a new life in Canada. Garfinkel received a nod for “House of Many Tongues,” in which he explores Palestinian-Israeli relations through humor and magical realism.
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