‘Aleppo Codex’ wins Canadian book award

‘Aleppo Codex’ wins Canadian book award

Times of Israel reporter’s investigation recognized in history category

Matti Friedman's The Aleppo Codex (photo credit: Courtesy)
Matti Friedman's The Aleppo Codex (photo credit: Courtesy)

Times of Israel reporter Matti Friedman’s first book, “The Aleppo Codex,” has been awarded the Canadian Jewish Book Award for history.

The annual awards were announced in Toronto on Thursday.

Friedman’s investigation traces the fate of the Aleppo Codex, a 1,100-year-old copy of the Bible, through political upheaval and subterfuge in the 20th century. It was awarded the American Library Association’s 2013 Sophie Brody Medal for excellence in Jewish literature.

Nancy Richler’s “The Imposter Bride” won the prize for fiction. Aili and Andres McConnon’s “Road to Valour: A True Story of World War II Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation” won in the biography category.

“Epistolophilia: Writing the Life of Ona Simaite,” by Julija Sukys, won for Holocaust literature, and Isa Milman’s “Something Small To Carry Home” won for poetry. Prizes were also awarded in scholarship, Yiddish and children’s literature.

Friedman was born in Toronto and lives in Jerusalem.

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