Jewish Book Festival

2019 Festival

Welcome to the 34th annual Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival

FESTIVAL BOOKSTORE HOURS
SAT Feb 9
6:00-10:00pm
SUN Feb 10 – THU Feb 14
10:00am-9:00pm

USED BOOKSTORE HOURS
SUN Feb 10 – THU Feb 14
10:00am-8:00pm


About the JCC Jewish Book Festival

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The Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival is one of Vancouver’s leading cultural and literary events, attracting a large and varied audience of over 5,000 people of all ages. This highly popular community-wide event brings together prominent and emerging Jewish writers and non-Jewish writers on Jewish subject matter. Programs are selected from the following areas:

BIOGRAPHIES • BUSINESS • CHILDREN’S INTEREST • CELEBRITIES • CULINARY ARTS • EMERGING AUTHORS • FILM HISTORY • HOLOCAUST • ISRAEL • PARENTING • PHOTOGRAPHY • POETRY • POLITICS • POP CULTURE • SEPHARDIC HERITAGE • SPIRITUALITY • SPORTS • TEENS • YIDDISH CULTURE • YOUNG ADULT

PAST FESTIVAL PROGRAMS – click to download  2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

Author Submissions

The JCC Jewish Book Festival’s mandate is to showcase Jewish writers or non-Jewish writers with Jewish interest subject matter. Read more…

Sponsorship Opportunities

The JCC Jewish Book Festival can help you maximize your message to a diverse demographic audience. Corporate and individual Sponsorships are available. Please phone 604-257-5156 or email jbf@jccgv.bc.ca

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Dana Camil Hewitt, Director, 604-257-5156; jbf@jccgv.bc.ca

Featured Authors

Joshua Cohen

JOSHUA COHEN – OPENING
Moving Kings – a Novel
ATTENTION – Dispatches From a Land of Distraction
Sat Feb 9

LEO BURSTYN and WILF HURD
Testaments from Kiev: A Family in the Shadow of the Iron Curtain
Sun Feb 10

clavir

MIRIAM CLAVIR
Fate Accompli: Murder in Quebec City
Sun Feb 10

ARNOLD GROSSMAN
This Boy’s War
Sun Feb 10

DAVID KIRKPATRICK
Neither Married Nor Single: When Your Partner Has Alzheimer’s or Other Dementia
Sun Feb 10

JANET WEES
When We Were Shadows
Sun Feb 10

HELEN WILKES
The Aging of Aquarius
Sun Feb 10

ANNE DUBLIN
A Cage Without Bars
Sun Feb 10

Ingall

MARJORIE INGALL
Mamaleh Knows Best: What Jewish Mothers Do To Raise Successful, Creative, Empathetic, Independent Children
Sun Feb 10

Singer

MARGOT SINGER
Underground Fugue
Sun Feb 10

Rothman

CLAIRE HOLDEN ROTHMAN
Lear’s Shadow
Sun Feb 10

SASHA SENDEROVICH – Translator
DAVID BERGELSON  (1884–1952)
Judgment A Novel, translated from the Yiddish by Harriet Murav and Sasha Senderovich
Sun Feb 10

MICHÈLE SMOLKIN
Silence, je tombe – un roman
Sun Feb 10

MOSHE SAKAL
The Diamond Setter (translated by Jessica Cohen)
Sun Feb 10

ELLEN SCHWARTZ
The Princess Dolls
Sun Feb 10 @ RPL, Wed Feb 13 @ VTT

TILAR J. MAZZEO
Irena’s Children – The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto
Mon Feb 11 @ JCC & KDHS;  Sun Feb 10 @ HarEl and WRSSJCC

bonnert

KENNETH BONERT
The Mandela Plot
Mon Feb 11

ANGELA HIMSEL
A River Could Be a Tree: A Memoir (foreword by Shulem Deen)
Mon Feb 11

GABRIELLA GOLIGER
Eva Salomon’s War
Tue Feb 12 @ JCC, Sun Feb 10 @ Burquest

DIANA WICHTEL
Driving to Treblinka: A Long Search for a Lost Father
Tue Feb 12

Morrill

NATALIE MORRILL
The Ghost Keeper

Tue Feb 12

DR. MICHAEL C. KLEIN, MD
Dissident Doctor – Catching Babies and Challenging the Medical Status Quo
Wed Feb 13

RACHEL HERZ
Why You Eat What You Eat: The Science Behind Our Relationship With Food
Wed Feb 13

Goldman

DR. BRIAN GOLDMAN, MD
The Power of Kindness: Why Empathy Is Essential in Everyday Life
Wed Feb 13

HARVEY B. RICHER
The Gold Coins of Newfoundland 1865-1888
Thu Feb 14

Reiss

MIKE REISS – CLOSING
Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets and Outright Lies From a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons
Thu Feb 14

DR. MARILYN BELOFF
Moving Forward
Su Feb 10

Events

Welcome to the 34th annual Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival 2019!

If ever we could choose an actual theme for each festival, this year would be New Timeline, New Energy! We’ve made the leap to February and are planning to warm up your winter nights with this extended literary treat, an exciting line-up of writers from Canada, the US, Israel and New Zealand. This guide tells their story best. Take your time and savour the ideas , then please join thousands of your fellow book lovers to listen, meet, and interact with those outstanding authors. I think you will be inspired by their energy and conversations!

Amongst the many prominent names, we can detect overarching, universal themes: aspects of feminism and focus on women as central characters stand out this year; memoirs where the Holocaust is never too far away, even in third generation; joyful book launches by local authors and… we’ll end by celebrating Valentine’s with a side-splitting humourist! And following our cherished tradition, we are reaching out to the Jewish day schools and to the outlying Jewish communities with exciting author events, for children and adults.

The JCC Jewish Book Festival is a labour of love and teamwork. A heartfelt thank you to the group of true believers, the committee of lay leaders. But above all, we are thankful for the enthusiasm of readers like you, who come to the events, buy the books, spread the word and donate generously – you deserve the best!

DANA CAMIL HEWITT – Festival Director

WCJ Book Awards

Winners of the 2018 Western Canada Jewish Book Awards

Fiction – Diamond Foundation Prize 2018
Deborah Willis – The Dark and Other Love Stories
“The emotional range and depth of Willis’s stories, the clarity and deftness, are astonishing.”—Alice Munro

The characters in these thirteen masterful and engaging stories exist on the edge of danger, where landscapes melt into dreamscapes and every house is haunted.  The Dark and Other Love Stories announces the emergence of a wonderfully gifted storyteller whose stories enlarge our perceptions about the human capacity to love.

Deborah Willis’ first book Vanishing and Other Stories, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and named one of the Globe and Mail’s top 10 books of the year. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.


 

Non-Fiction – The Pinsky Givon Family Prize 2018
Tilar J. Mazzeo – Irena’s Children
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Widow Clicquot comes an extraordinary and gripping account of Irena Sendler—the “female Oskar Schindler”—who took staggering risks to save 2,500 children from death and deportation in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II.

Tilar J. Mazzeo is the author of numerous works of cultural history and biography, including the New York Times bestselling The Widow Clicquot, The Secret of Chanel No. 5, and nearly two dozen other books, articles, essays, and reviews on wine, travel, and the history of luxury. The Clara C. Piper Associate Professor of English at Colby College, she divides her time between coastal Maine, New York City, and Vancouver Island, British Columbia.


 

Children/Youth – the Jonathan and Heather Berkowitz Prize 2018
Irene N. Watts – Seeking Refuge
Kathryn E. Shoemaker (illustrator) – Seeking Refuge
ALSO WINNERS of the 2017 VINE AWARD FOR CANADIAN JEWISH LITERATURE

Seeking Refuge captures Irene Watts’ experiences when she was sent to England from Germany on the Kindertransport at the age of seven. This was a military operation that saved almost 10,000 Jewish children during WWII.

“Author and illustrator show their collaborative finesse in a wonderfully rendered marriage between text and art. A book that invites close reading, this will spark interest in the plight of all refugees.”IRENE N. WATTS has written poems, plays, novels and non-fiction books. As a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, she wrote and directed plays for young audiences to be performed at schools.

KATHRYN E. SHOEMAKER is the illustrator of more than 40 books for children. She has broad experience as an art teacher, curriculum specialist, filmmaker, fund raiser and event designer. She teaches children’s literature at UBC.


 

Holocaust – the Kahn Family Foundation Prize 2018
Roger Frie – Not in My Family : German Memory and Responsibility after the Holocaust
ALSO WINNER 2017 CANADIAN JEWISH LITERARY AWARD (in history)

In this extraordinary and highly absorbing book, Canadian author Roger Frie confronts an unspoken Nazi  history in his German family. With remarkable courage, he seeks to transform his family narrative into an understanding of the Holocaust’s forbidding reality. The son of German postwar immigrants who were children during World War II, and with grandparents who were participants in the War, he uses the history of his family to explore the moral and psychological implications of memory against the backdrop of one of humanity’s darkest periods.

ROGER FRIE is a psychologist and philosopher educated in London and Cambridge. He is Professor of Education at Simon Fraser University,  Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry at UBC and Faculty and Supervisor at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Psychology in New York.

Contact Us

FESTIVAL INFORMATION

Events take place at the JCC
950 W. 41st Ave., Vancouver

Dana Camil Hewitt
Director, Cherie Smith JCCGV Jewish Book Festival
Tel: 604-257-5156
Email: jbf@jccgv.bc.ca

PUBLICITY & MEDIA

Jodi Smith
JLS Entertainment
Tel: (604) 736 4939
Email: jls@jlsentertainment.ca

Festival Supporters

Remembering Cherie Smith 
Cherie Smith founded the Jewish Book Festival in Vancouver in 1984. She passed away in July 1999. Cherie served as the Festival’s chairperson, literary inspiration and tireless worker for many years. Her lifelong love of books was evident in her career as an editor, publisher and author of her own family history, Mendel’s Children: A Family Chronicle. Cherie’s legacy lives on through the thousands of people who flock to the Festival each year.

FOUNDING PATRONS 
Julian (Buddy) Smith and family
Annette Rothstein (z’l) and family

EVENT SPONSORS
The Betty Averbach Foundation
PJ Library
The Weinberg Residence
The Ben and Esther Dayson Charitable Foundation
The Kirman Foundation for Yiddish Culture
National Council of Jewish Women – Vancouver Na’amat – Vancouver Chapter
The Lutsky Families
Elie & Zev Shafran
Esther Chetner
Ellen Hamer and Gerald Hamer
Ami & Bella Haasz
Rikki Jacobson

PUBLISHERS
Miri & Larry Garaway
Karen James
Harley & Eleanore Rothstein
Beverley Kort & Ray Schachter
Daniella Givon & Bernard Pinsky

READERS
Eldad Goldfarb
Nancy Brown Halpern
Dana Camil Hewitt & David Hewitt
Bess and Morley Hirsch
Janos & Noni Mate
Julie & Michael Seelig
Yosef Wosk

FRIENDS
Linda Bonder
Miriam Clavir
Frieda Miller & Danny Shapiro
Anita & Earl Winestock
Tamara Frankel

Festival Sponsors