Levine, Allan 1956-

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LEVINE, Allan 1956-

PERSONAL: Born February 10, 1956, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; son of Marvin H. (an insurance agent) and Bernice (a homemaker; maiden name, Kliman) Levine; married Angela Tenenbein (a nurse), September 2, 1982; children: Alexander, Mia. Education: University of Manitoba, B.A., 1977; University of Toronto, M.A., 1979, Ph.D., 1985.


ADDRESSES: Home—Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Offıce—St. John's-Ravenscourt School, 400 South Dr., Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 3K5, Canada. Agent—Hilary Stanley, Westwood Creative Artists, 94 Harbord St., Toronto, Ontario M5S 1G6, Canada. E-mail—[email protected] sjr.mb.ca.


CAREER: University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, instructor in education, 1983-84; St. John's-Ravenscourt School, Winnipeg, teacher of history, beginning 1984. Camp Massad, member of board of directors, 1986-95; Winnipeg Board of Jewish Education, member, 1993-97.


MEMBER: Writers Union of Canada, Canadian Historical Association.


AWARDS, HONORS: Grants from Manitoba Arts Council, 1987-91, 1996, 2001, and Canada Council, 1989-90, 1996, 2000; Margaret McWilliams Medal for best historical fiction, Manitoba Historical Society, for The Blood Libel; Yad Vashem Prize in Holocaust History, for Fugitives of the Forest.


WRITINGS:

The Exchange: One Hundred Years of Trading Grain in Winnipeg, Peguis Publishers (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada), 1987.

(Editor and contributor) Your Worship: The Lives ofEight of Canada's Most Unforgettable Mayors, James Lorimer (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1989.

Scrum Wars: The Prime Ministers and the Media, Dundurn Press (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1993.

The Blood Libel: A Sam Klein Mystery, Great Plains (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada), 1997.

Fugitives of the Forest: The Heroic Story of JewishResistance and Survival during the Second World War, Stoddart (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1998.

Sins of the Suffragette: A Sam Klein Mystery, Great Plains (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada), 2000.

Scattered among the People: The Jewish Diaspora inTen Portraits, McClelland & Stewart (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 2003.


Contributor of articles and reviews to Canadian magazines and newspapers.


SIDELIGHTS: Allan Levine once told CA: "My main objective is to write well-researched popular history that is readable, entertaining, and informative. Unlike Americans, Canadians believe their history is dull. I aim to prove them wrong."


BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

Books in Canada, summer, 2003, Sharon Abron Drache, review of Scattered among the People: The Jewish Diaspora in Ten Portraits. Globe and Mail (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), September 9, 1989.*