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Ami Sands Brodoff

Ami Sands Brodoff

Ami Sands Brodoff is the award-winning author of three novels and two story collections. The Sleep of Apples, her new novel-in-stories, centres on nine closely linked characters confronting crises related to mental illness, mortality--sooner rather than later--and gender identity. The book calls into questions our notions of madness and explodes the last taboo: death. Ami's latest novel, In Many Waters, grapples with our world-wide refugee crisis. The White Space Between, which won The Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction (The Vine Award) focuses on a mother and daughter struggling with the impact of the Holocaust. Bloodknots, a volume of thematically linked stories, was a finalist for the ReLit Award. Ami leads creative writing workshops to teens, adults, and seniors. She has also taught writing to formerly incarcerated women and to people grappling with mental illness. Ami has been awarded fellowships to Yaddo, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ragdale Foundation, and St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity (Malta). She makes her home in Montreal with her partner, children and high energy Brittany Spaniel Xeno. Learn more at





Winner of the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction for The White Space Between, 2009
Finalist, The Re-Lit Award for Bloodknots
Pushcart nomination for Can You See Me?
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Description

I am available to talk to synogogue groups, sisterhoods, bookgroups, Women’s Studies and Jewish Studies classes about my latest novel, The White Space Between. Presentations include an examination of the complex mother-daughter bond, when a parent is a survivor of the Holocaust or another atrocity, talks on the tension between void and voice when honouring Remembrance, and a power-point presentation and lecture including photographs, preserved despite the Holocaust of our lost, extended family, most of whom were murdered in the Shoah, their home village of Slatinskidaly, and maps of the area in Czechoslovakia at key points in history.

Workshop Description:

I am an experienced workshop leader and work with adults, teens, and special groups, as well as mentoring individual writers and emerging writers. My specialty is helping individuals tap into their deepest, richest material, often the themes and subjects that obesses them, keep them up at night, disturb them, the ideas they can’t stop thinking about. My theory is that, as writers, we often shy away from our true subjects because they are terrifying. I help my students crack open their stories, identity themes, and develop portfolios for future publication.