Winner, 2012 J.I. Segal Award for English Fiction and Poetry Award on a Jewish Theme.
Related book trailer http://bit.ly/OpMcaz Winner of the David Adams Richards Prize, 2011 CBC-Scotiabank Giller Prize Readers' Choice Award Top 10, & many other kudos.
Awesome ***** (5 star) review from Amazon.com Hall of Fame Reviewer Grady Harp:
"Profound vignettes of, about, or because of children. At times chance enters our lives and we encounter moments created by a wordsmith that, like it or not, raise memories and experiences that we have either experienced, watched, heard about, or dreamed and the stories in Beverly Akerman's book of short stories THE MEANING OF CHILDREN do just that. They slowly creep into our psyches, clutch a holding place, and stay with us permanently. This collection of the whispers and screams, longings and needs of being a child and the responses of those closest to that child are the works of a magician, a writer of such substance that she is obviously headed to the top echelon of writers of our time...This is a book of rare sensitivity and masterful creative writing and must surely be shared with as many friends and fellow readers as possible."
April 25, 2011: CTV News Anchor Mutsumi Takahashi interviews Beverly Akerman about "The Meaning of Children," her new collection of short stories. Feminism meets motherhood and learns a new respect for women's traditional occupations.