Jewish Book Festival

About the JCC Jewish Book Festival

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 FESTIVAL PROGRAMS – click to download  2017 | 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

Sponsor and Patron Reception

Saturday, November 25, 6:00–7:00pm

In the Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre lobby
Book Festival patrons ($180+) are invited to join a gathering of Festival authors and special guests in a wine and cheese reception.

For information on becoming a patron of the JCC Jewish Book Festival please call Dana Camil Hewitt 604-257-5156.

 

IDEALISM vs. REALITY

Saturday, November 25, 7:30pm

ALISON PICK/Strangers With the Same Dream
In conversation with Jerry Wasserman
In the Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre

In the Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre

Buy Tickets or by phone 604-257-5111   |   $24

 

“Stunning. On one level, a fascinating novel about early Kibbutz life, but more deeply, this is thought-provoking fiction that asks important, relevant questions about ideology, privacy, equality, idealism, power, corruption and war.” —Miriam Toews

Strangers With the Same Dream is a brilliant, astonishing and timely page-turner, set in the 1920s in the Middle East. Award-winning novelist Alison Pick takes us to a lost time and place that still vividly haunts our present day.

The novel came out of her recent first trip to Israel, where she visited one of the first big kibbutzim and found herself imagining the early days of the Zionist enterprise when so much was at stake for everyone involved, Arabs and Jews alike.  Writing with restrained power, she creates unforgettable characters who, isolated within their utopian dream, are haunted by ghosts, compromised by secrets, and finally, despite flashes of love and hope, worn down by hardship, human frailty, and the pull of violent confrontation.

ALISON PICK’s bestseller novel Far to Go was nominated for the Man Booker Prize, won the Canadian Jewish Award for Fiction, was named a “Top Ten of 2010” book by the Toronto Star and was published internationally to acclaim. Her memoir, Between Gods, was a Globe and Mail “Best Book” of 2014, and a national bestseller.

JERRY WASSERMAN is an actor, critic, UBC Emeritus Professor of English and Theatre and a recent inductee in the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame.

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