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Sunday, October 22, 2:00–4:00pm

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)

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.

with the Zack Gallery
Thursday, November 16, 6:00pm

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



“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.