Congratulations to Cary Fagan, who has won the Canadian Jewish Literary Award for his short story collection Great Adventures for the Faint of Heart! The jury says:
Great Adventures for the Faint of Heart (Freehand Books) by Cary Fagan is a delightful collection of ten short stories with a diverse range of seemingly ordinary people who take a chance on life and discover that they can, if the occasion arrives, be extraordinary. The characters convey an essentially Jewish urban sensibility: A young woman given a painting by Picasso by her stepfather must acquire a wall to hang it on. A hippie family picks up a celloplaying hitchhiker who convinces them to get a television. A man takes his girlfriend’s son on a road trip. The book demonstrates Fagan’s wonderful sense of what makes us human, what makes us laugh and cry and leaves us wanting more Fagan stories.
The awards will be presented, in person at York University and on Zoom, on October 23. For more details and a list of all of the award winners, see cjlawards.ca.