ALVIN ABRAM

Occupation:

Graphic Designer, Typographer, Printer, Entrepreneur, Author

 

SELF-EMPLOYED:

2004-present              AMA Graphics Incorporated  (Publishing)

                                    855 Alness Street, Unit 21

                                    Toronto, Ontario M3J 2X3

 

                                    C.A.T. Graphics & Print Limited 
                                    (Graphic Studio)

                                    855 Alness Street, Unit 21

                                    Toronto, Ontario M3J 2X3

 

SALES:

2000-2004                   The Incredible Printing Co. Inc.

 

SELF-EMPLOYED:

1963-2000                   AMA Graphics Incorporated

                                    Commercial printer/publisher of graphic art

                                    Retired after 37 years: August 15, 2000

 

WORK EXPERIENCE:

1954-1963                   Rapid Typesetting Limited

                                    Service Typesetting Limited

                                    McCorquodale & Blades Limited

                                    Paramount Typesetting Limited

                                    (Linotype operator/typographer/

                                    graphic designer)

 

EDUCATION:

2001    On-Line Creative Writing Course: Frances Coppola Website

1997    Writers Digest Correspondence Course

1996    Humber College Creative Writing Summer Course

1995    University of Toronto Story Outline Course

1994    York University Creative Writing Fourth Year Class (Day)

1960    Graduate: Toronto Typographic Union Apprentice Course

            (highest mark in the history of the course: 93%)

1954    Central Technical High School (4th Year)  

  

 

ASSOCIATIONS:

1999-present              The Writers Union of Canada

1998-present              Crime Writers of Canada

1978-present              Jewish National Fund (Toronto)

1997-2002                   Toronto Branch: Canadian Authors Ass.

1989-1994                   Baycrest Home for the Aged

1963-1994                   B’nai Brith Canada

1973-1986                   International Typographical Composite Ass.

                                    Toronto Typographical Ass.

1960-1970                   Muscular Dystrophy Ass.

 

TRADE PUBLICATIONS:   International

Sales Promotions vs Minimizing Overhead Expenses

Kansas City 1977

Mis-Management: A Contest No One Wants To Win
Toronto: 1977

Don’t Die, Diversify

Toronto: 1976

Why It Pays To Diversify

Toronto: 1976

Overhead Minimizers

Hartford: 1976

Its Time To Get Out Of The Typesetting Business
Los Angeles: 1975

The Need To Diversify To Stay In Business
New Orleans: 1975

How To Increase Profits By Minimizing Sales Overhead
Washington, D.C.: 1975

 

WHITE PAPER:

Workmans Compensation:
Computers Are Not Printing Equipment
Toronto: 1974


COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:

2003-present              Canadian Friends of Boys Town Jerusalem

2003-present              Canadian Society for Yad Vashem

1989-1994                  Baycrest Home for the Aged (Volunteer)

1963-1991                  Community Volunteer (100 hours/year)

1978-present              Jewish National Fund (Toronto)

1978-1979                  President: L.M.O.L. Lodge, B’nai Brith

1960-1970                  Founder/President: Myasthenia Gravis

                                   Foundation of Ontario

 

AWARDS:

2005    Winner: International BookAdz Award for An Eye For An Eye

2004    Meritorious Award Community Involvement
            (Jewish National Fund Toronto)

2002    Nominated: Arthur Ellis Award by Crime Writers of Canada

            Best First Novel: The Unlikely Victims

1989    Best Bulletin Contest (Canada): B’nai Brith

1985    Best Bulletin Contest (Canada): B’nai Brith

1980    Man of the Year: L.M.O.L. B’nai Brith

1978    Dare to be Profitable Contest

            (International Typographic Association)

1977    Dare to be Profitable Contest

            (International Typographic Association)

1976    Dare to be Profitable Contest

            (International Typographic Association)

            First Canadian to win the Award/

            First person to win three years in a row

1975    Award of Merit: B’nai Brith

1973    Best Bulletin Contest: International B’nai Brith

1967    Man of the Year: Grand Order of Israel

1958    Designed books that won awards when a linotype operator

 

 

AUTHOR OF:

The Light After the Dark I      (non-fiction)  1997

Why, Zaida?                             (childrens book)  2000

The Light After the Dark II (non-fiction)  2001

The Unlikely Victims                (fiction)  2002

Stories I Wrote                          (non-fiction and fiction)  2003

An Eye For An Eye                  (fiction)  2004

The Minyan                               (fiction)  2006

 

Published Short Stories:

Ta-Ta-T-A-Ta                                     Memories

Stitch in Time                                      Forbidden

A Story in Two Words                        Jealous Bullet

Jonas: The Baker                                 Late Again Harry

The Coat That Wouldnt Die               Growing Old

The Credit Card Caper                        Religious Persuasion

Remember: Come Home                     The Photograph Album

Kugler                                                 Touched by Love       

Forgive Me                                         Midnight Madness

Its Never Too Late to Dream             Road Rage

Flight                                                   Under Suspicion

  

PUBLISHED BOOKS:

40 Years of Poetry
by
Jack Gelman

My Grandpa Plays With Trains
by
Myrna Neuringer Levy

Rhythms in Panic
by
Matthew Cohen

My Shtetl Drobin
by
Rabbi Abraham D. Feffer

Yiddish: A Two Way Street
by
Jack Gelman

One Year At A Time Plus
by
Jack Gelman

The Memories I Live With
by
Eugene Joseph

The Son of an Extraordinary Woman
by
Andy Reti

My New School
by
Sylvia Baker and Rochelle Rabinovicz

Lexi Writes Stories: My New School
by
Sylvia Baker and Rochelle Rabinovicz

Lexi Learns Math: My New School
by
Sylvia Baker and Rochelle Rabinovicz

Winners Circle
Edited by
Alvin Abram

           

SPEAKING SUBJECTS:

1998-present 

Stories from the Holocaust

The Writing Craft

Yiddishkite in Fiction

1991-1997      

Lectures:
Alzheimers Disease Can Be Painful
Coping With Your Aging Parent
How Long Can You Live Alone?
Homes for the Aged
Endowment Story

1981-1989
 
Frauds and Forgeries in the Art World

1976-1978
Lectures:
Dont Die . . . Diversify
Recycle Your Garbage for Profi

Educate Your Clients
One Stop Shop: It Can Be Done