Davy the Punk a winner at Jewish Book Awards

Sounder News

Tuesday, June 28 2016

Gabriolan Bob Bossin has been announced as a winner in the first ever Western Canada Jewish Book Awards, announced last week.

Bossin’s book Davy the Punk won in the category of Non-Fiction - the Pinsky Givon Family Prize.

Bossin is a celebrated folk musician who has also spent much of his life researching his father’s story. The funny, moving and insightful Davy the Punk is the book of his father’s life in Toronto’s gambling underworld of the 30’s and 40’s, revealing a city rife with anti-Semitism at the time. 

Bossin has also turned the book into a successful touring performance piece.

Along with the award trophy, winners are presented with a $2,000 monetary prize.

The first edition of the  Western Canada Jewish Book Awards is a new initiative of the Jewish Community Centre Jewish Book Festival.

The 2016 Western Canada Jewish Book Awards jury was comprised of: Shula Banchik, Cultural  Arts Director at the Calgary JCC, Elisabeth Kushner, author and librarian (Vancouver), William H. New, poet, literary critic and UBC English professor (ret.), Norman Ravvin (Montreal) writer, critic and Concordia University professor and Harriet Zaidman (Winnipeg), author, book reviewer  and teacher-librarian.