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About The New Spice Box

Canadian Jewish writing has its kingpins – some of whom wrote decades ago. Published by the University of Toronto Press, editor Ruth Panofsky provides context for the appearance of The New Spice Box, acknowledging work that came before.

    Book cover image of The New Spice Box: Contemporary Jewish Writing

    Youth brings new subject matter, and Panofsky’s focus on different genres provides further variety from writers including:

    • Ayelet Tsabari
    • Bernice Eisenstein
    • Lauren Kirshner
    • Nancy Richler
    • Alison Pick
    • Mireille Silcoff
    • David Bezmozgis
    • Daniel Goodwin
    • Cary Fagan

    The New Spice Box online reading series provides an opportunity for viewers to see authors read and discuss their work at a time when live events have largely evaporated in the atmosphere of pandemic.

    We look forward to bringing you an author-of-the-month feature in the early months of 2021.

    We launch the series with Ruth Panofsky’s introduction.

    The first writer in this series is Concordia professor and Montreal poet, Jason Camlot. Here, he reads his work published in The New Spice Box and few works from his own poetry collection, What the World Said.


    The Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies at Concordia has provided venues for writers since its inception in 1999. We have hosted book and chapbook series, conferences, and many stand-alone events and launches.


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