Jewish Book Festival

About the JCC Jewish Book Festival

Click to download the 2017 Jewish Book Festival Program

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 with Jewish interest subject matter in literature, the arts, philosophy, theology, history and current events to speak during this week-long literary experience. Each year 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

Admission is charged for most events, many events are free. Season passes and tickets are available at the JCC or online during the months of October and November.

PAST FESTIVALS Programs – click to download 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

Author Submissions

The JCC Jewish Book Festival’s mandate is to showcase Jewish writers (writing on any theme) or non-Jewish writers (with Jewish interest subject matter) from Canada and around the world. If you have written a book or other literary work that fits within these parameters, we would be interested in hearing from you. 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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Contact and join our mailing list

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

Featured Authors

Nathan Englander

OCTOBER PROLOGUE
NATHAN ENGLANDER / Dinner at the Centre of the Earth

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Pnina Granirer

PNINA GRANIRER / Light Within the Shadows, A Painter’s Memoir

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OPENING GALA

ALISON PICK / Strangers With the Same Dream

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DAN BAR-EL 

It’s Great Being a Dad

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DEBORAH KATZ

Rare Is Everywhere

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RAFI AARON

In the Days of the Cotton Wind and the Sparrow

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2017 Events

OCTOBER PROLOGUE
Sunday, October 22, 2:00–4:00pm

WRITERS SALON 
NATHAN ENGLANDER –  
Dinner at the Centre of the Earth
In conversation with MARSHA LEDERMAN, The Globe and Mail

Location: private residence (address will be communicated to ticket buyers)
Tickets: $72 (include copy of the book and reception)

Buy Tickets or by phone 604-257-5111

Join Pulitzer-prize finalist and best-selling author of For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and What we Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank  in conversation about his latest novel – a political thriller that unfolds in the highly charged territory of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and pivots on the complex relationship between a secret prisoner and his guard. A tour de force from one of America’s most acclaimed voices in contemporary fiction.

A prisoner in a secret cell. The guard who has watched over him a dozen years. An American waitress in Paris. A young Palestinian man in Berlin who strikes up an odd friendship with a wealthy Canadian businessman. And The General, Israel’s most controversial leader, who lies dying in a hospital, the only man who knows of the prisoner’s existence.

From these vastly different lives Nathan Englander has woven a powerful, intensely suspenseful portrait of a nation riven by insoluble conflict, even as the lives of its citizens become fatefully and inextricably entwined – a political thriller of the highest order that interrogates the anguished, violent division between Israelis and Palestinians, and dramatizes the immense moral ambiguities haunting both sides. Who is right, who is wrong – who is the guard, who is truly the prisoner?

The popular Salon includes discussion, Q&A and a chance to mingle with the author and other bibliophiles over appies and refreshments.

Marsha Lederman is Western Arts correspondent for The Globe and Mail.

 

AN ARTIST’S LIFE – BOOK LAUNCH
with the Zack Gallery
Thursday, November 16, 6:00pm

PNINA GRANIRER  / Light Within the Shadows, A Painter’s Memoir

SPONSORED BY THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN

FREE

“The hackneyed phrase that ‘an image is worth one thousand words’ may well be true, but along with my paintings, now I need those thousand words to tell my stories.“ – Pnina Granirer

Light Within the Shadows: a painter’s memoir, is the story of Pnina Granirer’s life as a painter whose career spans almost sixty years. Conceived as a play in three acts, it unfolds from her hometown on the Danube River in Romania during the war and the Communist takeover, to art school in Jerusalem, followed by three years spent in the USA and finally arriving in Vancouver in 1965. Granirer candidly shares her successes and failures, addressing issues of dislocation, ‘otherness,’ and the uprooted soul’s wish for permanency and belonging.

Amidst the joys and restrictions of family life, Granirer created a large body of art, ignoring trends and searching for renewal and new ideas.  With wry optimism and humour she openly discusses the politics and obstacles encountered by artists and gives an inside view of how art is forged and released into the world.

“Granirer writes with a painter’s eye, vividly evoking cities from Jerusalem to Paris to Montreal, and landscapes from the coastal sand dunes of Israel to the far north of Canada.” – Graham Good, Professor Emeritus of English, UBC

Opening Reception and Art Exhibit  7:00-9:00pm

This exhibit is a celebration of Pnina Granirer’s newly published book; it follows the written words, becoming a small retrospective of works featured in the book. Drawings, wood engravings and watercolours from her life in Jerusalem, Illinois, Montreal and Vancouver that have never been shown before, will give the viewer a deeper understanding of her beginnings as an artist.

“…a lively and touching act of memory and affirmation, as vivid, theatrical and perceptive as Granirer’s paintings themselves.  It shows both an artist’s eye for the telling detail and a historian’s awareness of social and political context.” – Max Wyman, critic and cultural commentator.

WCJ Book Awards

Thursday, April 26,  7:30pm
JCC Zack Gallery

AND THE WINNERS ARE…

Join us as we celebrate our authors and announce the winners of the  2018 Western Canada Jewish Book Awards.

The winning authors will speak about their books and creative process.

HOST: Marsha Lederman

AWARD CATEGORIES:
Fiction – The Diamond Foundation Prize
Non-fiction – The Pinsky Givon Family Prize
Poetry – The Betty Averbach Foundation Prize
Children/Youth – The Jonathan &  Heather Berkowitz Prize
Holocaust

Presented by the Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival

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

2017 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 Kirman Foundation for Yiddish Culture
National Council of Jewish Women
of Canada – Vancouver Section
The Lutsky Families
Nancy Brown Halpern
Esther Chetner
Daniella Givon & Bernard Pinsky
Beverley Kort & Ray Schachter
Helen Pinsky
Elie & Zev Shafran

PUBLISHERS
The Ben & Esther Dayson Charitable Foundation
Miri & Larry Garaway
Karen James
Andrea & Yossi Kowaz
Moshe Mastai

PUBLISHERS (continued)
Nancy Richler
Harley & Eleanore Rothstein
Barb Small & Leonard Schein
Judy & Isaac Thau

READERS
Anonymous
Alexander Hart and Kathryn Selby
Dana & David Hewitt
Bess Hirsch
Robert and Marilyn Krell
Janos & Noni Mate
Julie & Michael Seelig
Frieda Miller & Danny Shapiro

FRIENDS
Martha & Ron Burnett
Jane Cherry
Cathy Moss & Alvin Wasserman

FESTIVAL SPONSORS