Jewish Book Festival day 5

FEATURED AUTHORS WCJ BOOK AWARDS

EVENTS BY DAY

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


JCC DAY CARE CHILDREN AGES 3-5
Th Dec 1   9:30-10:30am  
FREE  
Illustrator RAE MATÉ shares her new book Crocs at Work in a creative activity.
Written by ROBERT HEIDBREDER 
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CHILDREN & NUTRITION

WORKSHOP WITH HEIDI SEIDMAN
Th Dec 1   4:00-5:00pm   
 
MADISON LILY BARNETT / How to Make Popsicles
illustrated by JAZMIN SASKY

$5
Buy tickets online >> or by phone 604-257-5111

Madison Lily Barnett (age 9) will read her literary debut How to Make Popsicles, beautifully illustrated by Jazmin Sasky, a book inspired by her mother Heidi Seidman. Heidi is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist whose main focus is helping families eat nutritious and delicious, easy to prepare meals. In this hands-on workshop, Heidi will empower participants to make their own healthy snacks.

All proceeds from the event and book sales will go to support the Jewish Food Bank.


STUFF AND SURVIVAL

Th Dec 1   6:30-7:30pm  
JUDY BATALION / White Walls:  A Memoir About Motherhood, Daughterhood, and the Mess in Between

$16
or phone 604-257-5111

SPONSORED BY DANIELLA GIVON AND BERNARD PINSKY

Judy Batalion grew up in a house filled with piles of junk and layers of dust, suffocated by old magazines, swivel chairs, and VHS tapes obsessively gathered by her hoarder mother. At the first chance, she escaped the clutter to create a new identity—made of order, regimen, and clean white walls—until she found herself enmeshed in life’s biggest chaos: motherhood. Told with heartbreaking honesty and plenty of humour, Judy’s poignant account of stuff and survival explores navigating the messiness of motherhood, how trauma passes through generations, and the indelible marks that mothers and daughters make on each other’s lives.

Judy Batalion was born in Montreal, studied at Harvard, and worked as a curator and comedian in London before settling in New York City. She was a columnist for The New York Times’ “Motherlode” and her essays about parenting, relationships, religion, and health have appeared in numerous magazines.

 

 


CLOSING NIGHT - JEWS AND FOOD

Th Dec 1   8:00pm  
MICHAEL WEX / Rhapsody in Schmaltz
 
$24 - includes food reception
or phone 604-257-5111

SPONSORED BY THE WEINBERG RESIDENCE

“Only Wex can write an insightful, witty read on the history of Jewish food and its ingredients. According to Leviticus, ‘all the fat is the Lord’s.’ Lately I think my butcher has been giving me too much of God’s share.” - Ziggy Gruber

“A rare combination of erudition and wit - an irreverent romp through the highs and lows of Yiddish food by a yeshiva boy gone rogue.” - Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

Rhapsody in Schmaltz is an entertaining and fascinating journey in the humour, history and traditions of food and Judaism. From the Bible and Talmud to the delis of North America, it  traces the history and impact of the cuisine that Yiddish-speaking Jews from Central Eastern Europe brought across the Atlantic.

Michael Wex is a Canadian novelist, playwright, translator, lecturer, performer, columnist, bon vivant and raconteur, who has been called “a Yiddish national treasure.” The author of Born to Kvetch is a native of Lethbridge, Alberta, and has worked in virtually every area of contemporary Yiddish. Wex’s teaching and lecture activities--a unique combination of learning, stand-up comedy and probing investigation into the nature of Yiddish and Yiddishkayt--have taken him from Toronto to Budapest, and to many points in between.