Jewish Book Festival Events




Sunday Nov 4 @ 10:00am
Fantastic Fairy Tales and Fine Foods
Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery
Suggested for children 4+, accompanied by an adult
M $7/N $10 /per person
Tickets at JCC reception or by phone 604-257-5111 by Oct 30

Presented by the Karen and Gary Simkin Family Child Development Centre in collaboration with the Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery and the Cherie Smith JCC Book Festival.

Find out what fairy tales and food have in common when you join visual artist and children’s book illustrator, SIMA ELIZABETH SHEFRIN in her stunning art exhibition, How to Know a Noodle, on display in the gallery. Using Elizabeth’s famous ‘cut and paste’ collage technique, create a storybook of your own to take home to read and share again and again. Register early as Elizabeth's last family workshop was sold out.

Sunday Nov 4 @ 2:00pm
Channeling the Almighty
David Javerbaum / The Last Testament: A Memoir by God

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The former head writer and executive producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, David Javerbaum lives up to his reputation for chutzpah in God: A Memoir as he steps into the mind of God and delivers a series of gags, inspired parodies and straight out blasphemy.

The New York Times calls Javerbaum ‘fearless’ saying he delivers ‘…100 percent guaranteed foolproof offense at times (there is no benign way to discuss Jesus and masturbation in the same sentence)’. In his role as court jester in a world of apologizing public figures, Javerbaum is unapologetic, entertaining and offending in equal measure.

It’s not all about religion though - God has opinions about politics as well as sex. On Barack Obama: “Obama is My Messenger, the Deliverer; the Messiah, but only from January 2008 to February 2009.” As for shouting His name during intercourse - He wishes people wouldn’t overdo it quite as much. And so it goes - Javerbaum finds everyone’s button and then leans hard. It’s what makes him one of the greatest satirists of the age.

Javerbaum’s work on The Daily Show earned him an Emmy Award, three consecutive Emmy nominations, and a 2000 Peabody Award. He also has an Emmy nomination for his work as a staff writer for The Late Show with David Letterman. Javerbaum is the co-author of America: The Book and Earth: The Book, as well as author of the pregnancy parody What to Expect When You’re Expected. Javerbaum boasts a huge Twitter account: @TheTweetOfGod.


Thursday Nov 8 @ 7:30pm
Marina Sonkina / Stalin's Baby Tooth


In the village of Merry Limp, Aunt Zina runs a butcher shop. On Sinew Monday, only sinews are sold. On Bone Tuesday, the populace can buy bones; and so on for the rest of the week. Thus Marina Sonkina lays the groundwork for a surreal satire on Stalin’s USSR. Seen through the eyes of the eleven year-old Natasha, the story unfolds in a mad procession of events, incongruous characters, party meetings and slogans. Audaciously using grotesque as her method of description, Sonkina resurrects the fears, the cruelty and the absurdity of people’s lives under Stalin. As all good satire, Comrade Stalin’s Baby Tooth puts a reflective mirror to the past, warning us about the future.

The book, illustrated with colour propaganda posters of the period, is presented in the manner of an official document from the KGB files.

Marina Sonkina is a naturalized Canadian citizen who grew up in Moscow, where she learned how to make soup from sinews and bones.

OPENING   Saturday Nov 24

Saturday Nov 24 @ 7:30pm
OPENING NIGHT GALA The Sol & Shirley Kort Author Series
Black Humour Served with Panache
Shalom Auslander / Hope: A Tragedy
Host: Hal Wake

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"Staggeringly nervy… Auslander is an absurdist with a deep sense of gravitas…bringing to mind Woody Allen …and a libido-free version of Philip Roth… he succeeds shockingly well." —New York Times

"A caustic comic tour de force." —National Public Radio

Shalom Auslander is one of the very few contemporary writers who lives up to the stereotype of the mad, iconoclastic genius. Meeting him in person just might be the experience you wouldn’t want to miss..

In his new book, Hope: A Tragedy, described as ‘one of the funniest books of the last decade: a raging, hilarious polemic on the inescapability of history and the ambiguous nature of hope,’ (The Observer) Auslander lives up to his reputation as outrageously original, his masterly literary intelligence underlying his breezy language; his sentences bursting with sly allusions to writers from Tadeusz Borowski to Samuel Beckett. Auslander will also reference an earlier work, Foreskin’s Lament: A Memoir, chronicling his upbringing as an Orthodox Jew and his efforts to break free from that life. Portions of the book have been featured in various media, including the NPR radio show This American Life.

Nominated for the Koret Jewish Book Award for writers under 35, Auslander has published stories and articles in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, and Tablet and is a regular contributor to This American Life. He lives in upstate New York with his wife and two young children, just like a regular human being!

Hal Wake is the Artistic Director of the Vancouver International Writers Festival.

Sunday Nov 25

Sunday Nov 25 @ 10:00am
Bagels & a Movie
Sayed Kashua - Forever Scared


Doc., 52 Min., DVD/MiniDV, color, 2009
Written and Directed by: Dorit Zimbalist
Produced by: Barak Heymann & Dorit Zimbalist
Language: Hebrew & Arabic with English \ spanish \ French

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Expertly directed by Dorit Zimbalist, Sayed Kashua – Forever Scared, is one of the best documentary films of the last few years. The film takes a look at the existential dilemmas that make up the livelihood of the writer, journalist, and screenwriter Sayed Kashua. Kashua is a talented and ambitious Israeli writer with a top-rated television comedy series, but he never feels at home. Kashua is a Palestinian citizen of Israel, a walking, talking oxymoron, an invisible man constantly called upon to justify himself, his work and even his decision to write in Hebrew. Director Dorit Zimbalist's fast-paced documentary follows Kashua's search for a home for his family, makes us feel what it's like to be a stranger in your own land, constantly afraid of the violence that ripples just beneath the surface.

Filmed over seven years, Sayed Kashua-Forever Scared is a fascinating journey inside the complicated life and complex mind of a unique creative force.

Sunday Nov 25 @ 10:30am
PJ LIBRARY presents
Cary Fagan /
Mr. Zinger’s Hat
Ages 2-5 years w/parental supervision

Presenting partner: Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver PJ Library

A reading-based, fun-filled family program for young children featuring the wonderful writer, Cary Fagan. Fagan’s books for kids include the popular Kaspar Snit novels, Banjo of Destiny, Ella May and the Wishing Stone and Thing-Thing. Fagan has two new books: a picture book Mr. Zinger’s Hat, and a novel, The Boy in the Box — the first of a trilogy. Cary’s sessions are a must if you’re ready for tons of fun!

The PJ Library supports families in their Jewish journey by sending them monthly, a free Jewish-content children’s book. The PJ library is a Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver sponsored program. For more information, visit

Sunday Nov 25 @ 11:30am
Paula Brook / Write for Your Life!

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Write for Your Life! is a dynamic cross between classroom instruction and café conversation, suitable for writers at all levels. The two-hour workshop is focused on personal narrative: short and long-form memoirs, blogs, travel journals, creative non-fiction, even poetry. As long as it’s your story and you want to share it, you are ready to join the table.

The workshop provides a fun and motivational way to launch that writing project you’ve been thinking about, or to breathe new life into one that has faltered. How does a workshop work? It is often said that good writing can’t be taught, that writers are born not made. In fact, writing technique can be shared and inspiration gleaned in a workshop setting better than in any classroom. As facilitator, my aim is to create an atmosphere that is motivational, constructive and fun. Writing drills and prompts are employed to get the words flowing; a resource package is provided with reading lists and links to take away.

Paula Brook has written award-winning newspaper and magazine articles during her30-year career in the local and national media. She is the author of three nonfiction books, and has taught the craft of writing at colleges and in private workshops. She divides her time between Vancouver and the small Mexican town of Loreto; she runs workshops in both places. More information:


Sunday Nov 25 @  1:00pm
Deborah Hodge / Rescuing Children The Story of the Kindertransport



Rescuing the Children tells the story of ten thousand Jewish children who were rescued out of Nazi Europe just before the outbreak of World War 2. They were saved by the Kindertransport — a rescue operation that transported the children (called Kinder) from Nazi-ruled countries to safety in Britain. Featuring first-person accounts, archival photographs, paintings of pre-war Nazi Germany and original art by the Kinder, this book tells a compelling story about the power of  compassion, bravery and humanitarian action.

Deborah Hodge is an award-winning author of more than 25 books for children. She specializes in writing engaging nonfiction for young readers, and is a frequent speaker at schools, libraries and conferences. Deborah is a former teacher and curriculum writer for the BC Ministry of Education.

Sunday Nov 25 @ 2:00pm
Goldie Morgentaler/ The Yiddish-Canadian Writer in the Post-Holocaust World:  A Memorial Lecture in honour of Chava Rosenfarb

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Chava Rosenfarb (1923-2011) was one of the major Yiddish authors of the second half of the twentieth century. Born in Poland, she survived the Lodz Ghetto, Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen before settling in Montreal and commencing a prolific six-decade writing career, strongly informed by her Holocaust experiences. One of the few female novelists writing in Yiddish, Rosenfarb received numerous awards for her work including Israel’s prestigious Manger Prize (the highest award for Yiddish literature), the John Glassco Prize, the Canadian Jewish Book Award, and an honorary degree from the University of Lethbridge. She is best-known for her landmark Holocaust trilogy, The Tree of Life: A Trilogy of Life in the Lodz Ghetto (published in 1972; translated into English in 2000), which remains one of the seminal works of fiction about the Holocaust in any language.

In this memorial lecture, her daughter and translator, Goldie Morgentaler, will discuss her mother’s life and literary achievements, focusing especially on The Tree of Life and on her collection of short stories called Survivors.

Sunday Nov 25 @ 4:00pm
Inside the Doggy Mind
Stanley Coren / Do Dogs Dream?: Nearly Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know

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Come and meet Stanley Coren, the ‘dog psychologist’ famous for proving that Plato was correct: dogs are more like four legged philosophers than anyone had previously imagined. In Do Dogs Dream?, his fourth book delving into the doggie mind, Coren combines the authority of an expert with the engaging delivery of a guest at a cocktail party. Some of the questions Coren answers concern the many misunderstandings dog owners have regarding how dogs think, act and perceive the world, their emotional lives, if they understand TV and if they are more intelligent than cats.

Stanley Coren is a professor emeritus of psychology at the UBC. He is the author of The Intelligence of Dogs and other best-sellers about dogs.

Sunday Nov 25 @ 6:00pm
Falling into Literary Love
Tehila Lieberman / Venus in the Afternoon

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"Quiet, moving, masterfully crafted...Lieberman writes with precision, restraint and with a compassionate heart." –Miroslav Penkov, author East of the West

Tehila Lieberman is the 2012 Katherine Anne Porter Prize winner, whose fiction has appeared in literary journals, including Nimrod, the Colorado Review, Salamander and Cutthroat. Her non-fiction has been published in and in Travelers’ Tales.

Lieberman is currently completing The Last Holy Man, a novel about a rabbi wrestling with the legacy of one of his actions as a chaplain in Vietnam over twenty years earlier. Originally from New York, Lieberman lived in Jerusalem before settling in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she is a writing coach consultant for Harvard Business School.

Sunday Nov 25 @ 8:00pm
A Taste of Israel
Gil Hovav / Confessions of a Kitchen Rebbetzin

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It’s not every day that you can savour the secrets of a diverse cuisine while getting the inside scoop on how, where and why it was created from the master chef himself. Here is your chance to nosh on the very delicacies created according to the recipes of the eclectic and charming Gil Hovav, a Hebrew University alumnus, and one of Israel’s leading culinary journalists and media personalities.

Hovav has played a major role in changing Israeli cuisine from one of basic traditional foods to one of enviable gourmet dining, and is considered one of Israel’s superstar ‘foodies’.

A popular journalist and TV host, Hovav has been involved in creating, producing and presenting some of Israel's most viewed and loved television food shows. These include Pepper, Garlic and Olive Oil, Captain Cook (which reviewed the world's best restaurants), and Going to the Market. Hovav later turned these series into best-selling cookbooks.

As an author, he has published three best-selling novels (in Hebrew) all related to his family's colourful history. His newest book, Confessions of a Kitchen Rebbetzin, has just been published in English. Hovav has lectured around the world and has led cooking demonstrations and seminars focusing on Israeli cuisine, spiced with his unique personal stories.

  Monday Nov 26

Monday Nov 26 @ 9:30am
Cary Fagan / Mr. Zinger’s Hat


Co-presented with the National Council of Jewish Women

Cary Fagan’s books for kids include the popular Kaspar Snit novels, Banjo of Destiny, Ella May and the Wishing Stone and Thing-Thing. His books have appeared on the best books of the year lists of The Globe and Mail and Quill and Quire, have twice been named a Silver Birch Honour Book and have received many more awards. Fagan has two new books: a picture book Mr. Zinger’s Hat, and a novel, The Boy in the Box.

Monday Nov 26 @ 11:30am
Lunch & Learn
Ellen S. Jaffe and Lil Blume
Letters & Pictures from the Old Suitcase

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Lil and Ellen, editors of Letters & Pictures from the Old Suitcase, asked Jewish writers across Canada to look into their old suitcases, trunks, and attics for photographs, letters, documents, and treasured objects, and to respond creatively to the things they find. Their responses, together with the related photographs, are collected in this moving anthology. Our session will include readings from the anthology and a discussion with the audience about mementoes, memories, and storytelling in the Jewish tradition.

Joi Freed-Garrod and Janice Masur, two B.C. contributors, will join Lil and Ellen for this event.


Monday Nov 26 @ 6:30pm
Behind the Words: Three Canadian Writers Reveal Their Craft
Cary Fagan / My Life Among the Apes
Dave Margoshes / A Book of Great Worth
Susan Glickman /
The Tale-Teller
Host: Alexander Hart

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Cary Fagan began his career writing short stories before moving on to novels and numerous books for children. His new book, My Life Among the Apes, comprises ten new stories whose characters are funny, serious, peculiar, and absorbing. Covering a wide range of human experience with humour and grace, the book is a testament to Fagan’s mastery of his craft. Cary Fagan is the author of five novels and four short-story collections whose award-winning fiction has been published in Canada, the US and Germany. He has received many honours for his children’s books as well as the Toronto Book Award and the Jewish Committee Prize for fiction.

Dave MargoshesA Book of Great Worth is made up of linked short stories set largely among the Jewish community of inter-war New York City. Although it is a work of fiction, all the stories in the series walk that precarious tightrope between memoir and fiction. “The result is a remarkable braiding of literal and literary truth … and a delightfully envisioned portrait of specific times and places….” – Quill & Quire. Margoshes is a Saskatoon-area writer who has published over a dozen books, including Bix’s Trumpet and Other Stories, which won two prizes at the 2007 Saskatchewan Book Awards, including Book of the Year. A Book of Great Worth has been chosen as an Amazon.Ca top 20 books of 2012.

Susan Glickman’s first novel, The Violin Lover (Goose Lane, 2006), won the Canadian Jewish Fiction Award and was listed by The National Post as one of the year’s best books. Her second, The Tale-Teller, has just been published by Cormorant Press. In 2012 Glickman also published her sixth book of poetry, The Smooth Yarrow, and the third title in the “Lunch Bunch” series of children’s books, Bernadette to the Rescue. Susan grew up in Montreal and now lives in Toronto where she teaches creative writing and works as a freelance editor.

Monday Nov 26 @ 8:00pm
Thinking in Two Cultures
Maya Arad / Suspected Dementia

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Co-presented with the Jewish Family Service Agency

English presentation 8:00-9:00pm
Informal ‘meet and greet’ in Hebrew 9:00-10:00pm

As a Hebrew writer living outside Israel, novelist Maya Arad is able to maintain a critical perspective on both her native culture and on the United States, where she has lived since 2002. Arad is an acclaimed author of Hebrew narrative prose and verse - her most recent book, Suspected Dementia (2012) is a fascinating page turner.

Her best-selling debut novel, Another Place, a Foreign City (2003) was on the final shortlist for the Sapir prize (the Israeli “Booker”) and was adapted as a musical by the Kameri Theater. Arad has since published a play, The Righteous Forsaken, a Hebrew adaptation of Griboedov’s Woe from Wit. These two books made her a leading figure of the revival of form in contemporary Hebrew verse. Other books include Seven Moral Failings, Family Pictures, and Positions of Stress: Essays on Israeli Literature between Sound and History.

Maya Arad is writer in residence at the Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford. One of the leading Israeli authors of her generation, many of her books have become best-sellers and have won wide critical acclaim. Her books include Maqom Axer ve-Ir zara (Another Place, a Foreign City), Sheva Midot Raot (Seven Moral Failings), Tmunot Mishpaxa (Family Pictures) and Xashad Le-shitayon (Suspected Dementia).

Tuesday Nov 27
  Tuesday Nov 27 @ 9:00am
FOR TEENS Grades 11-12
Dave Margoshes/A Book of Great Worth


A Book of Great Worth is made up of linked short stories set largely among the Jewish community of inter-war New York City. Margoshes is a Saskatoon-area writer who has published over a dozen books, including Bix’s Trumpet and Other Stories, which won two prizes at the 2007 Saskatchewan Book Awards, including Book of the Year.

Tuesday Nov 27 @ 2:00pm
Eugene Elkin / The Friendship


Raised in Montreal, Eugene “Gene” Elkin is a semi-retired pharmacist living in Riverside, California. He served in the Canadian Army during the last year of World War II and has played bagpipes with the McPherson Highlanders Pipe Band for 50 years. For the past several years he’s served as a volunteer piper for the US Marines Honor Detail at the Riverside National Cemetery, providing final services for veterans. Elkin’s novel, The Friendship, is a story based on the friendship between Cam Bedard, a French Canadian and Abe Ginsburg, a Canadian Jew. It extends from their meeting as adolescents to the battlefields of Europe with the Black Watch Royal Highland Regiment and on to the battle for independence of the Jewish state in Palestine – a fight Cam was inspired to join by the depth of their bond.


 Tuesday Nov 27 @ 6:30pm
Gil Hovav / My great (and short) great grandfather and the Revival of the Hebrew Language

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Gil Hovav, Hebrew University alumnus, is the great grandson of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, reviver of the Hebrew language.  In this fascinating and engaging presentation, Hovav shares some family secrets about his iconic great grandfather and his influence on the modern Hebrew language.


Tuesday Nov 27 @ 8:00pm
For Book Clubs and Book Lovers
Lilian Nattel / Web of Angels
Host: CBC’s Sheryl MacKay

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Co-presented with the National Council of Jewish Women

In Web of Angels, bestselling novelist Lilian Nattel explores the vivid reality of what used to be called multiple personality disorder. Both a compelling domestic drama and a new, fascinating take on dissociative identity disorder (DID), an area of human psychology that has sparked such works as Sybil and the hit TV series The United States of Tara, Web of Angels is a book you won’t be able to put down.

Imagine a group of book lovers, sitting together with the writer, hearing the story behind the story over a glass of wine and some nibblies. We provide the venue, the author, the interviewer and the nosh. Come solo, with a friend, or with your book club – this event is sure to spice up your literary season.

Read either Web of Angels or The River Midnight, and let the discussion begin!

If your book club registers in advance, we’ll arrange group seating.
Contact Nicole Nozick to reserve a table (604) 638-7278/

You can order Web of Angels directly from the Jewish Book Festival at a 20% discount by calling (604) 257-5111. Pick up at the JCC from Mon Oct 22, 2012.

Sheryl MacKay, host of CBC’s weekend arts show, North By Northwest, returns to the Festival to host this popular event.


Wednesday Nov 28

Wednesday Nov 28 @ 9:00am
FOR TEENS Grades 11-12
Dave Margoshes/A Book of Great Worth

See description above (Nov 27)

Wednesday Nov 28 @ 11:00am
Memoir Writing Workshop for Seniors
Paula Brook / That Reminds Me

FREE/CALL 604 58 7278 to reserve your seat

That Reminds Me is a fun and practical workshop for seniors interested in writing memoirs and other forms of personal narrative. In a one-hour session you will be guided through exercises and creative “prompts” to help you think about your life in stories and to begin the richly rewarding process of getting the best ones down on paper. Facilitators Paula Brook and Sherri Silverman create an atmosphere that is motivational, friendly and inclusive. All forms of storytelling are encouraged, from personal essays to creative nonfiction, poetry and spoken word. Materials are supplied. Just bring your stories and be prepared to share!

Wednesday Nov 28 @ 6:00pm
Vancouver Jewish Museum and Archives of BC AGM and author presentation
Ruth Klein (ed); Richard Menkis / Nazi Germany, Canadian Responses - Confronting Antisemitism in the Shadow of War

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In 1983 Irving Abella and Harold Troper documented the official barriers that kept World War II Jewish immigrants and refugees out of Canada in their seminal work None is Too Many. The book won critical acclaim, but some haunting questions remain: Why did Canada act as it did in the 1930s and 1940s? How much did Canadians know at the time about the horrors unfolding for the Jews of Europe and where did their information come from? How did they respond, on both public and institutional levels, to the events that marked Hitler’s rise to power? The contributors to this collection turn to the wider public sphere for answers. Their findings reveal that the atrocities taking place in Nazi Germany inspired a range of responses from Canadians, from indifference to outrage to acquiescence.
Nazi Germany, Canadian Responses takes up the challenge of creating a mindset of more than seventy years ago, digging deep into archives, records, and testimonies that can offer new interpretations of this dark period.

L. Ruth Klein is executive director, National Task Force on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research and national director, League for Human Rights of B'nai Brith Canada.

Richard Menkis is an associate professor at the University of British Columbia and founding editor of Canadian Jewish Studies/Etudes juives canadiennes.


Wednesday Nov 28 @ 8:00pm
What It Takes to Sustain Our Planet
Tzeporah Berman / This Crazy Time
Host: Janos Maté

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“This Crazy Time is a great read, both entertaining and inspiring.” ––The Vancouver Observer.

From one of the world's most controversial campaigners, Tzephorah Berman’s This Crazy Time is the No Logo of the NEW environmental movement, an essential must-read that combines personable style and humour with hard-hitting activism and research. Passionate, profound, inspiring and funny, Berman is inspiring people from all walks of life to get off the sidelines and fight the good fight--and win. This unique book--part manifesto from a leader, part humorous activist memoir from a soccer mom--offers a wryly honest, behind the scenes, ultimately uplifting look at the state of the planet. For almost 20 years, Tzeporah Berman has been one of our most influential environmentalists. A founder of ForestEthics and PowerUp Canada, she was instrumental in shaping the tactics and concerns of the modern environmental movement.

Janos Maté is a long time environmental, peace, human rights and animal rights activist. He has been a Greenpeace campaigner since 1989, and is the recipient of awards from the United Nations Environment Program and the US Environment Protection Agency.

  Thursday Nov 29

Thursday Nov 29 @ 12:15pm
Day of Literacy - SPECIAL EVENT
Hebrew Day School Students Gr 4-7
Location: VTT
Susan Glickman & Ellen Schwartz

 Co-presented with Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver


Thursday Nov 29 @ 5:15pm
Fraidie Martz / A Fiery Soul: The Life and Theatrical Times of John Hirsch Legendary giant of Canadian theatre.

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"In life and on stage, John Hirsch knew how to corrupt his audience with pleasure. Swift of mind and of gesture, Hirsch was a dazzling director—playful, witty, and daring; as a friend and collaborator, he was some kind of rabbinical Hungarian mensch. Unforgettable." —John Lahr, Senior Drama Critic, The New Yorker

John Hirsch arrived in Winnipeg in 1947, a 17-year-old Hungarian orphan of the Holocaust, knowing no English. Ten years later, he co-founded the Manitoba Theatre Centre, establishing a model for regional theatres across North America. He went on to direct award-winning productions in Los Angeles, New York, Stratford and Toronto – everything from Guys and Dolls to The Tempest—and to work with actors like Len Cariou, Martha Henry, Anthony Hopkins, and Maggie Smith. Notorious for his fiery temper, budget—blowing sets, and artistic risk-taking, he had a stormy four years as CBC’s head of TV drama in the 1970s (high and low points include King of Kensington and Peter Lougheed’s lawsuit over The Tar Sands), and an even stormier tenure as Artistic Director at the Stratford Festival from 1981 to 1985.He died in 1989 of AIDS. 2012 Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award.


Thursday Nov 29 @ 6:30pm
From Poetry to Prose and Back
Rhea Tregebov / All Souls’
Susan Glickman / Smooth Yarrow
Isa Millman / Something Small to Carry Home
Host: Dina Del Bucchia

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Susan Glickman’s sixth collection of poetry, The Smooth Yarrow, just came out in May. According to Quill and Quire, “Glickman’s writing is defiant: like yarrow, it is lean and strong, not only beautiful, but possessed of myriad healing properties.” She is also the author of two novels for adults, The Violin Lover, which won the 2006 Canadian Jewish Fiction Award, and The Tale-Teller, which just came out this autumn, the “Lunch Bunch” series of children’s books, and a prize-winning work of literary criticism, The Picturesque & The Sublime: A Poetics of the Canadian Landscape.”

Isa Milman is a poet and visual artist who lives in Victoria, BC. Born a displaced person in Germany in 1949, she grew up in the United States and came to Canada in 1975. She’s a graduate of Tufts University, and holds a Masters of Rehabilitation Science from McGill, where she taught for a decade. She is the author of Between the Doorposts (Ekstasis Editions, 2004) and Prairie Kaddish (Coteau Books, 2008), both of which won the Canadian Jewish Book Award for poetry. Her latest collection, Something Small to Carry Home, was published by Quattro Books in April 2012.

Bluesy, opinionated, sly, self-chastising and tender, Rhea Tregebov’s All Souls’—her first collection since 2004—commands a range of tones wider and bolder than anything in her previous six books of poetry. Inspired by crises both personal (divorce, adult children, aging parents) and societal (global warming, financial implosion),All Souls’ bracingly addresses the quandary at the heart of our present moment: the fear of change and the fear of standing still. Enriched by a sharp palate and crackling with confidence, Tregebov’s new poems capture life in all its rueful aspects, and do so with a lyricism of considerable beauty and power.

Dina Del Bucchia is a writer, event host and literary lady about town. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC. Her first book of poetry, Coping with Emotions and Otters, will be published by Talonbooks in spring 2013.

Thursday Nov 29 @ 8:00pm
Ilan Danjoux / Political Cartoons and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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 The ongoing unrest in the Muslim world is just one reason why an analysis of what is driving the highly emotional nature of these protests, often based on cartoons or movies, is not only fascinating but also extremely timely. Danjoux’ book Political Cartoons and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict examines whether political cartoons can predict the outbreak of violence. In his research, Danjoux examined over 1200 Israeli and Palestinian editorial cartoons to explore whether changes in their content anticipated the outbreak of the Al-Aqsa Intifada in October of 2000.

Ilan Danjoux is a visiting professor of Israel Studies at the University of Calgary. His research examines securitization in political cartoons and the role that emotions play in international politics. Danjoux speaks internationally on a variety of topics related to Israel and the Middle East, ranging from the Internet’s impact on Israeli elections to the political cartoons in the Arab Spring.


Sunday March 10, 2013 @ 2pm
Sayed Kashua in person at the JCC


"A provocative and memorable novel… Mr. Kashua's pacy narrative keeps the story moving to a clever and blackly humorous climax." —The Economist

Sayed Kashua is the author of three novels: Dancing Arabs , Let it Be Morning, and Second Person Singular . A Palestinian citizen of Israel, Kashua is the writer and creator of the hit Israeli TV show "Arab Labor". He is also a columnist for the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz , where he often uses satire to critic the life of Palestinian Arabs living in Israel. Kashua is the subject of the documentary Forever Scared. He has won several distinguished literary awards.