Manuscript Collection - Malka Marom Papers

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Malka Marom Papers


  • 1961-2013 (Creation)

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186 boxes and items (28 boxes)

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Malka Marom, born and raised in Israel, moved to Canada in 1954. In 1961 she met the singer, Joso Spralja, born in the former Yugoslavia and formed the duo "Malka and Joso" introducing world music to Canada, performing at coffee houses, halls and supper clubs in Toronto, Western Canada, England and the Yukon. In 1966 they sang at Carnegie Hall in New York and were hosts for the CBC television series, "A Wonderful World of Music". After 1967 they had solo careers. Marom eventually wrote and produced documentaries for CBC radio including the prize-winning "The Bedouins" and "A Bite of the Big Apple". The latter received an ACTRA award in 1977; the former, the Ohio State award in 1975. Her first novel, Sulha, was published in 1999. It has been translated into German and Greek.

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Collection of research notes, interviews, and manuscript drafts relating to her first novel, Sulha, (Toronto, Key Porter Books, 1999),; photographs, tapes, cassettes and other material regarding research for Sulha, and her work as a world musician; tapes, films, videos, notes and draft scripts of her work as a maker of documentary radio programmes and films, and the interviewer of celebrated world figures (Pablo Casals, Moshe Dayan); correspondence (Dennis Lee, Leonard Cohen, Jack McClelland, Eli Wiesel), mainly 1972-1999.

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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