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Holocaust memoir wins CBC’s book contest

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'By Chance Alone' by Max Eisen (HarperCollins)
'By Chance Alone' by Max Eisen (HarperCollins)

CBC Radio’s Canada Reads 2019 contest was billed as the “one book to move Canadians.” In the end a Holocaust memoir penned by a 90-year-old Auschwitz survivor was the book that won the annual battle of the books.

Max Eisen’s memoir By Chance Alone, beat the odds and the heavily-favoured memoir Homes, A Refugee Story by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah with Winnie Yeung.

Published by HarperCollins in 2016, the book garnered national attention the following year as a finalist for the prestigious RBC Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction.

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The book was defended on air by Ziya Tong, former host of Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet.