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Allan Levine
Born (1956-02-10) February 10, 1956 (age 62)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Occupation Author
Years active 1985–present
Children 2

Allan Levine (born February 10, 1956) is a Canadian author from Winnipeg, Manitoba, known mainly for his award-winning non-fiction and historical mystery writing.

Life and works[edit]

Levine attended the University of Manitoba and the University of Toronto; he got a PhD in Canadian history from Toronto in 1985. His graduate thesis on the grain business in Winnipeg was turned into his first book in 1987, at which point he was teaching and freelancing as a journalist. He is an alumnus of Camp Massad of Manitoba.[1][2]

Levine's non-fiction work Fugitives of the Forest was awarded the Yad Vashem Prize in Holocaust History in the 1999 Canadian Jewish Book Awards. His series of Sam Klein Mysteries followed. In late 2004, Levine toured Germany promoting Die Sünden der Suffragetten, the German translation of his mystery Sins of the Suffragette.[3][4]

Published works[edit]

Non-fiction Historical fiction
  • Toronto: Biography of a City. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 2014.
  • Miracle at the Forks: The Museum That Dares Make a Difference. Vancouver: Figure 1 Publishing, 2014. Co-authored with Peter C. Newman
  • King: William Lyon Mackenzie King: A Life Guide by the Hand of Destiny. Vancouver and Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre, 2011.

Winner of the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction, 2012.

  • Coming of Age: A History of the Jewish People of Manitoba. Winnipeg: Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada and Heartland Associates, 2009.

Winner of the McNally-Robinson Book of the Year, 2010 and the Winner of the Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award for History, 2010.

  • The Devil in Babylon: Fear of Progress and the Birth of Modern Life. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2005.
  • Scattered Among the Peoples: The Jewish Diaspora in Ten Portraits1. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 2002.
  • Fugitives of the Forest: The Heroic Story of Jewish Resistance and Survival During the Second World War2. Toronto: Stoddart Publishing, 1998. Second Edition: Guilford, CT: The Lyons Press, 2008.
  • Scrum Wars: The Prime Ministers and the Media. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1993.
  • The Exchange: 100 Years of Trading Grain in Winnipeg. Winnipeg: Peguis Publishers Limited, 1987.

1 Scattered Among the Peoples (2002): Short-listed for the McNally-Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year and the Isbister Best Non-Fiction Manitoba Book of the Year
2 Fugitives of the Forest (1998): Winner of the Yad Vashem Prize in Holocaust History, Canadian Jewish Book Awards, 1999 and Short-listed for the McNally-Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year, 1998
3 The Blood Libel (1997): Shortlisted for the Chapters/Books in Canada First novel Award and the Arthur Ellis First Mystery Novel Award.


  1. ^ Morley Walker, "Allan Levine to write Mackenzie King biography," Winnipeg Free Press, September 10, 2009, D2.
  2. ^ Canadian Who's Who, ed. Elizambeth Lumley, Vol. XXXIX, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004, 773.
  3. ^ Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Awards Past Award Winners,
  4. ^ Ilan Mester, "Allan Levine has a lot to Celebrate," Shalom Life," May 17, 2010, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 11, 2014. Retrieved October 4, 2014.

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