Signing “44 Hours or Strike!” at the OLA Conference

I was thrilled to meet two fellow authors from Second Story Press at the OLA Conference last week in Toronto. Patrick Crowe, has written a moving graphic biography of Susanna Moodie’s, Roughing It in the Bush.  My writer-friend, Rona Arato, was signing her new book, The Ship to Nowhere: On Board the Exodus.  Both authors tell their stories through skilful prose and remarkable illustrations.

Canadian Jewish Literary Awards

I was thrilled to be honoured with a Canadian Jewish Literary Award (Youth Literature) for 44 Hours or Strike! on Sun. Oct. 30/16. Here are a few photos of this high-class event that recognized books with Jewish content in eight categories. For more information, see: http://www.cjlawards.cacjla-honoureesmargie_and_me


44 Hours or Strike! wins award

I’m delighted to announce that 44 Hours or Strike! will receive the Canadian Jewish Literary Award (Youth Literature).

The awards ceremony will take place on Sun. Oct. 30, 2 p.m. at York University. The event is free but you have to register to get tickets:

The other award winners are:

Fiction: Sigal Samuel, for The Mystics of Mile End (Freehand Books).

Scholarship: Sarah Phillips Casteel, for Calypso Jews: Jewishness in the Caribbean Literary Imagination (Columbia University Press).

Biography/Memoir: Howard Akler, for Men of Action (Coach House Press).

History: Michael Marrus, for Lessons of the Holocaust (University of Toronto Press)

Children and Youth Fiction: Anne Dublin, for 44 Hours or Strike! (Second Story Press)

Holocaust Literature: Agata Tuszyńska, for A Family History of Fear (Knopf Canada)

Yiddish: Helen Mintz, for Vilna, My Vilna: Stories by Abraham Karpinowitz (Syracuse University Press).

Jewish Thought and Culture: Julia Creet, Sara R. Horowitz and Amira Bojadzija-Dan, for H.G. Adler: Life, Literature, Legacy (Northwestern University Press).


Teacher’s Guide for 44 Hours or Strike! now online

44 Hours or StrikeThe teacher’s guide for 44 Hours or Strike is now online at the Second Story Press website:
In the guide, you’ll find discussion questions, vocabulary, and extension activities in language arts, social studies, media literacy, drama, music, and art. You’ll also find added resources–print and non-print–to extend the activities further. It’s been a labour of love to create this guide and I hope it will help teachers enhance their study of my novel.

George Brown College Labour Fair

George Brown Labour Fair 2016
George Brown College Labour Fair 2016
George Brown College (Toronto) will be having an amazing Labour Fair this week (Mar. 29-Apr. 1, 2016). The theme is “The Right to Rebel”. I’ve been invited to talk about my latest book, 44 Hours or Strike! at Rosa Fracassa’s History of Costume course, Thurs. Mar. 31, 10 a.m., Room E327, Casa Loma campus, 146 Kendal Avenue. All events are open to the public.

Two Readings and a Lecture

It’s been a busy November 2015! I spoke about 44 Hours or Strike! at the Free Times Café (Yiddish Vinkl) on Thurs. Nov. 5. We had a great time talking about the garment industry in Toronto and singing Yiddish songs together.

On Wed. Nov. 11, I spoke on the topic of “Uncertain Haven: Canada and the Jewish Displaced Persons” at the Ekstein Library as part of  Holocaust Education Week in the GTA. It’s always great to have such an appreciative audience. And we even had to bring in more chairs!

Finally, on Mon. Nov. 30, I spoke at the Terraces of Baycrest / Wagman Centre about 44 Hours or Strike!  It was a pleasure to read from my book, talk about research and writing, and sing Yiddish songs together. An added bonus was hearing people’s stories about growing up in Toronto.2015-11-05 14.32.54 Anne_Dublin_HEW_Nov11,2015 Baycrest_Terrace2_44Hours

Book Launch: 44 Hours or Strike!

Thanks to everyone who attended the launch of 44 Hours or Strike! on Sun. Oct. 25/15 at the United Steelworkers Hall in Toronto. It was a wonderful event–reading, telling stories, singing, shmoozing, and eating 1930s-era treats. Now the book is truly on its way! Photo credit: Errol Young.

Tobias Dublin
Tobias Dublin
Theo Heras, Jerry Gray, Lorne Brown
Theo Heras, Jerry Gray, Lorne Brown

Launch of “44 Hours or Strike!”

The launch of my newest book, 44 Hours or Strike, will be on Sun. Oct. 25, 2.30 p.m., at the Steelworkers’ Union Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto (near College & Spadina). We’ll sing
union songs, eat Depression-era pastries, and share stories about the ILGWU and the
needle trades in Toronto. All are welcome. Lots of parking behind the building or easy access with the TTC.

Thimble sculpture, Spadina Ave., Toronto
Thimble sculpture, Spadina Ave., Toronto