Big Congrats to Bob Bossin and Davy the Punk!

Hello there, Quill fans. Today, I want to take a moment to share with you some great news: we’ve got a winner in the family!


That’s right, Bob Bossin, the multi-talented author of Davy the Punk won big at the first-ever Western Canada Jewish Book Awards on June 19th. The ceremony was part of Vancouver’s Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival, and is one of the few literary awards celebrating Jewish heritage in Canada.

Prizes were awarded in five categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Children & Youth and Holocaust.

Davy the Punk took home the $2,000 Pinsky Givon Family Prize for Non-Fiction. The book tells the story of Bob’s father, Davy ‘the Punk’ Bossin in the gambling underworld of the 1930s and 40s. His tale is one of horse racing, illegal betting, the mob, and show biz, but it is also a consideration of the Great Migration, and of the often ignored history of anti-Semitism in Canada.

Buy the book here »

But wait, there’s more…

If you’d like to read a free preview of the first few chapters, you can “grabb” the book on BookGrabbr. It’s easy. Just follow the link below, share with your friends on social media, and start reading.

Grabb the preview here »


portraitWhat a well-deserved recognition for Bob’s hard work and determination in writing the book, and in performing a staged musical version of it across Canada. We are proud and pleased as punch that Davy the Punk was recognized.

Congratulations Bob!sig

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