Jewish Book Festival day 3



Opening   |   Su Nov 27   |   Mo Nov 28   |  Tu Nov 29  |   We Nov 30   |   Th Dec 1   |   Su Feb 5

Tu Nov 29  10:00-11:00am  FREE  (offsite event)
ELLEN SCHWARTZ / Heart of a Champion 

A poignant coming-of-age story, set in 1941, about a young boy obsessed with baseball whose life changes drastically when war comes to his Japanese community in Vancouver. One of the major characters is a Jewish girl who befriends the main character, a Japanese Canadian boy, and whose family has escaped Nazi Germany. This allows Schwartz to draw parallels between the treatment of Jews in Europe leading to the Holocaust and Japanese in Canada during the war. The book relates to Canadian history, social justice, sports.

Ellen Schwartz grew up in New Jersey, but now lives in Vancouver where she teaches creative writing at Douglas College. She is the acclaimed author of sixteen books for children, including I’m a Vegetarian, I Love Yoga, Stealing Home, Avalanche Dance and The Case of the Missing Deed, a finalist for the John Spray Mystery Award and winner of the Rocky Mountain Book Award.

Tu Nov 29   2:00-3:00pm  FREE  
SIMA ELIZABETH SHEFRIN / Embroidered Cancer Comic

Embroidered Cancer Comic is a small graphic novel about life after Elizabeth’s husband Bob Bossin’s cancer diagnosis in 2011 and how it affected their relationship. All the original illustrations are hand-embroidered and will be exhibited at the JCC.

“In this engaging and highly entertaining cartoon novelette Elizabeth Shefrin finds humour and sweetness amidst what to many of us could have been only a daunting and difficult health crisis.’ - Gabor Maté MD, Author, Psychiatrist

Textile artist Sima Elizabeth Shefrin’s body of work, Stiching for Social Change, includes quilts and illustrations about real people and global issues, interlaced with her vision for a better world.

Tu Nov 29  5:30-6:30pm  FREE  
The Nazi Hunters


“A detailed look at the grim work of tracking Nazis over the decades since World War II.  Packed with the tangled, riveting detail of the many cases… absorbing.” 

“The world failed the victims not only during the Holocaust but afterwards, as perpetrators were allowed to go on with their lives. A few determined Nazi hunters tried to bring justice. This is their story. It must be read.”  — Alan Dershowitz

The Nazi Hunters focuses on the small band of men and women who refused to allow their crimes to be forgotten—and who were determined to track them down to the furthest corners of the earth. This book is a richly reconstructed odyssey and an unforgettable tale of gritty determination, at times reckless behaviour, and relentless pursuit.
Andrew Nagorski served as Newsweek’s bureau chief in Hong Kong, Moscow, Rome, Bonn, Warsaw, and Berlin.  He is the author of several books, including the 2012 Hitlerland, and has written for countless publications.



Tu Nov 29  6:30-7:30pm   
NOA BAUM / A Land Twice Promised:  An Israeli Woman’s Quest for Peace

or phone 604-257-5111


Israeli storyteller Noa Baum grew up in Jerusalem in the shadow of ancestral traumas of the Holocaust and ongoing wars. Stories of the past and fear of annihilation in the wars shaped her perceptions and identity. In America, she met a Palestinian woman who had grown up under Israeli Occupation, and as they shared memories of war years in Jerusalem an unlikely friendship blossomed. A Land Twice Promised delves into the heart of one of the world’s most enduring and complex conflicts. Baum’s deeply personal memoir recounts her journey from girlhood in Israel to her adult encounter with “the other” with honesty, compassion, and humour, capturing the drama of a nation at war and her discovery of humanity in the enemy.

Noa Baum is an award-winning storyteller who performs internationally. She acted with the  Jerusalem Khan Theatre and studied theatre at NYU. Voted by the Washington Jewish Week as one of the ten most interesting local Jews, she has lived in America since 1990.



Tu Nov 29  8:00pm (doors open at 7:15)    
B.A. SHAPIRO / The Muralist 
in conversation with  MARSHA LEDERMAN

or phone 604-257-5111

co-sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women

“In this noirish intrigue and fine-art detective story, Shapiro ably intersects the early years of the Abstract Expressionist movement, the Roosevelts, institutionalized anti-Semitism that denied American visas to Jewish refugees, the relentless run-up to World War II, and the generational losses of the Shoah. Mystery and historical fiction lovers . . . will find this a riveting read.” —Library Journal
Alizée Benoit, an American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), vanishes in New York City in 1940 amid personal and political turmoil. No one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France. Not her artistic patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt. Not her close-knit group of friends, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner. And, some 70 years later, not her great-niece, Danielle Abrams, who while working at Christie’s auction house uncovers enigmatic paintings hidden behind recently found works by those now famous artists. Do they hold answers to the questions surrounding her missing aunt?

From the author of the New York Times best-seller The Art Forger comes a thrilling new novel of art, history, love and politics. Entwining the lives of both historical and fictional characters, and moving between the past and the present, The Muralist plunges readers into the divisiveness of prewar politics and the largely forgotten plight of European refugees refused entrance to the US. It captures both the inner workings of today’s New York art scene and the beginnings of the vibrant school of Abstract Expressionism.
Just imagine a group of book lovers, sitting together with the writer, hearing the story behind the story. We provide the venue, the author, the host and the nosh - you provide the discussion and can add the wine!

Purchase your tickets in advance and we’ll reserve a table for you and your friends. Whether your book club has only one member (you), or fifteen, is ‘real’or ‘faux’, everyone is welcome. The Festival’s popular annual Book Club event is sure to spice up your literary season!
You can order The Muralist from the Jewish Book Festival at a 20% discount by calling 604.257.5111. Pick up at the JCC from November 1.
B.A. Shapiro is the New York Times bestselling author of The Muralist, The Art Forger, The Safe Room, Blind Spot, See No Evil, Blameless, and Shattered Echoes. She has written 4 screenplays and the non-fiction book The Big Squeeze. She taught sociology at Tufts University and creative writing at Northeastern University. She lives in Boston.

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