About Us

Now and Then Books us a Toronto-based publishing company specializing in books about the Jews of Toronto and Canada, Jewish genealogy and history, and the stories from the local Jewish community. Toronto writer Bill Gladstone is senior publisher and editor. He founded the company in 2008 with the publication of his large book of family history, One Hundred Years in Canada: the Rubinoff-Naftolin Family Tree. Subsequent titles are:

  • I’m Not Going Back: Wartime Memoir of a Child Evacuee, by Kitty Wintrob. Kitty writes of her experiences being evacuated as a child from London to a foster home in the countryside at the start of World War Two. (Kindle version is also available.)
  • Eighteen Months, A Love Story Interrupted, by Alan L. Simons. A gripping, sad and uplifting account of the author’s relationship with a woman with breast cancer.
  • The Rise of the Toronto Jewish Community by S. M. Shapiro. The manuscript, written in the 1940s by the former editor-publisher of the Yiddisher Zhurnal, was found in a synagogue archives and published in 2011.
  • The Jew in Canada, edited by A. D. Hart. This is an abridged facsimile edition of a volume originally published in 1926 and long out of print. It is filled with biographical capsules, synagogue histories and descriptions of Jewish communal activities in many cities across Canada.
  • One Foot in America, a novel by Yuri Suhl. The semi-autobiographical story focuses on three years in the life of Sol Kenner, a teenager who arrives in New York in the 1920s, settles with his religious father in Brooklyn, takes a job as a butcher-boy, falls in love and learns how to become a “regular sport” and an American. A forgotten classic of Jewish immigrant fiction, it has received glowing reviews since its republication. (Kindle version also available.)
  • A History of the Jewish Community of London Ontario: from the 1850s to the Present Day, by Bill Gladstone.
  • The Story of Beth Lida Forest Hill Congregation (1912-2012), 44-page booklet marking that Toronto congregation’s 100th anniversary in 2012.
  • ONLY YESTERDAY: Collected Pieces on the Jews of Toronto, by Benjamin Kayfetz and Stephen A. Speisman, both remembered as superlative chroniclers of Toronto’s Jewish community. Only Yesterday also features a collection of previously unpublished photographs taken by Speisman while he was researching his award-winning book, The Jews of Toronto: A History to 1937.

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