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Erna Paris

Photo: Jenna Muirhead-Warren 2007

Erna Paris was born in Toronto and educated at the University of Toronto and the University of Paris (Sorbonne). She began her writing career as a magazine journalist and radio broadcaster (in French and English) before becoming a full-time author of literary non-fiction. Her books have been published in fourteen countries and been translated into seven languages. Paris's research has taken her throughout North America as well as to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Orient, and Australia. She bases herself in Toronto where she lives with her husband, emeritus professor of philosophy, Thomas M. Robinson.

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Long Shadows: Truth, Lies and History. Toronto, Knopf Canada, 2000.
The End of Days: A Story of Tolerance, Tyranny and the Expulsion of the Jews from Spain. Toronto: Lester Publishing, 1995.
The Garden and the Gun: A Journey Inside Israel. Toronto: Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1988.
Unhealed Wounds: France and the Klaus Barbie Affair. Toronto: Methuen, 1985.
Stepfamilies: Making Them Work. Toronto: Avon, 1984.
Jews: An Account of their Experience in Canada. MacMillan of Canada, 1980
The Sun Climbs Slow: Justice in the Age of Imperial America. Knopf Canada, 2008


Pearson Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize for Long Shadows, 2001.
CTV Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing for Long Shadows, 2001.
Dorothy Shoichet Prize for History (National Jewish Book Awards) for Long Shadows, 2001.
The National Jewish Book Award (history) for The End of Days, 1996.
The White Award, bronze medal, 1991.
National Magazine Awards: Gold Medal, 1993
Media Club of Canada Awards:, 1970, 1973, 1974 (x2)
Year-End Best Books (The End of Days) for Quill & Quire, 1995
NOW Magazine Best Books (Long Shadows), 1981-2001
The New Statesman Best Books, Long Shadows, 2001
The Christian Science Monitor Best Books, Long Shadows, 2001
Globe and Mail Best Books for Long Shadows, 2000
Best Canadian Essays ("The Boat People") for Fifth House Press, 1990
"The 100 Most Important Canadian Books Ever Written"(1535-2004) for Literary Review of Canada, 2005
World Federalist Movement – Canada World Peace Award., 2012
National Magazine Awards - Silver Medal for Walrus Magazine, 2012
World Federalist Movement-Canada World Peace Award, 2012
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literary non-fiction
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