Anna Porter

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Anna was born in Budapest, Hungary. She was educated in New Zealand (BA and MA at Canterbury University, Christchurch) and began her publishing career as a junior editor at Cassell and Company, London, England. She emigrated to Canada in 1970, and worked at McClelland & Stewart for several years before starting Key Porter Books with Michael de Pencier’s Key Publishers.

Anna Porter has written numerous articles for magazines and newspapers on a broad range of topics, including Israel and the Palestinians, Farley Mowat, Jack McClelland, Doris Anderson, cultural xenophobia, new immigrants, Anti-Semitism, Hungarians, Dracula, The Queen Charlottes and Central Europe. Her interviews with Natan Sharansky, Radislaw Skvorecki and Ferenc Gyurcsany were featured in Maclean’s magazine. Her story about Solidarity was featured in the Globe and Mail.

Major works include:

  • HIdden Agenda
  • Mortal Sins
  • Bookfair Murders
  • The Storyteller: A Memoir of Secres, Magis and Lies
  • Kasztner’s train: The True Story of Rezso Kasztner, Unknown Hero of the Holocaust
  • The Ghosts of Europe: Journeys Through Central Europes Troubled Past and Uncertain Future (2010)

Notable awards

  • Kasztner’s Train: The True Story of Rezso Kasztner, Unknown Hero of the Holocaust, winner of the 2007
  • Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Award and of the Jewish Book Award for Non-Fiction.
  • She is an Officer of The Order of Canada and has been awarded the Order of Ontario.