Kathryn Shoemaker and Irene N. Watts have won a second award for their graphic novel Seeking Refuge, published by Tradewind Books.
The book has won in the category of “Children & Youth” for the Jonathan & Heather Berkowitz Prize.
Seeking Refuge captures Irene Watts’ experiences when she was sent to England from Germany on the Kindertransport at the age of seven. This was a military operation that saved almost 10,000 Jewish children during WWII.
IRENE N. WATTS has written poems, plays, novels and non-fiction books. As a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, she wrote and directed plays for young audiences to be performed at schools.
KATHRYN E. SHOEMAKER is the illustrator of more than 40 books for children. She has broad experience as an art teacher, curriculum specialist, filmmaker, fund raiser and event designer. She teaches children’s literature at UBC.
The Western Canada Jewish Book Awards are part of the Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival in Vancouver. This initiative is designed to celebrate excellence in writing on Jewish themes / subjects and showcase the achievements of authors who reside west of the Ontario/Manitoba border, including the Northern regions. The Awards aim to recognize these writers’ contribution to Jewish culture by. For the 2018 awards, books published in 2016 and 2017 were accepted.
ABOUT THE CHERIE SMITH JCC JEWSH BOOK FESTIVAL
The Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival is one of Vancouver’s leading cultural and literary events, attracting a large and varied audience of over 5,000 people of all ages. This highly popular community-wide event brings together prominent and emerging Jewish writers and non-Jewish writers with Jewish interest subject matter in literature, the arts, philosophy, theology, history and current events over 5-6 days in November, which is Jewish Book Month. In 2018, the 34th annual Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival will take place between Nov 24th-29th.