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LUNCH & LEARN
RENATE KRAKAUER / Only by Blood

Monday Nov 23  Lunch at 11:45am; Author presentation at 12:15pm
$10/12  /  Buy tickets online >> or by phone 604-257-5111

“Set partly in Poland and partly in Canada, Only by Blood is a Holocaust story of survival and secrets, broken families, broken hearts. It’s a familiar tale made new by the particular dramas of Krakauer’s characters.” —Cynthia Holz

Spanning over sixty years, this story tells about the lengths to which mothers will go in order to save their daughters and the secrets they will keep to protect them from pain. Set in the broader context of the fraught relationship of Poles and Jews during and after  the Second World War, it depicts the circumstances that made some ordinary people behave heroically while others betrayed their friends and neighbours.

Renate Krakauer’s career included senior roles in education, and municipal and provincial governments. She has published award-winning short fiction on in a number of literary journals. Renate lives in Toronto with her husband.

PRESENTED WITH THE JCC SENIORS DEPARTMENT

 

BOOK LAUNCH AND RECEPTION
MARINA SONKINA /
Expulsion and Other Stories
Monday Nov 23  5:30-6:30pm
FREE

Expulsion & Other Stories consists of two parts: a novella followed by a group of short stories. But the main protagonists have one thing in common: they are all women coming of age in difficult times. In the short stories, set in post-Stalinist Russia, the women are confronted by dictatorship's mundane face - a minor bureaucrat, a school teacher, a doctor. Nobody spells out the rules of survival to the young girls and women, yet each learns to play - or pays the price, that of facing “expulsion”. The novella “Face” shares a similar motif of expulsion but takes the reader to a different place - the urban sprawl and property greed of modern Vancouver.

A former professor of Russian literature at Moscow State University, writer and scholar  Marina Sonkina now lives in Vancouver and shares her time between teaching at SFU and UBC and writing, tango dancing and taking her students to culture trips to Russia. She has published four collections of short stories as well as a short novel and 2 children's books.

 

THE STRUGGLE FOR SOVIET JEWRY
RABBI AVI WEISS /
Open Up the Iron Door
Monday Nov 23  6:30-7:30pm

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LIVING ABOVE ALL LIMITS
LEAH GOLDSTEIN / No Limits
Host: Kyle Berger

Monday Nov 23  8:00pm
$16  /  Buy tickets online >> or by phone 604-257-5111

“Leah Goldstein is an inspiration to men and women alike. Don’t ever take no for an answer, always  push yourself past whatever limit you think is there.” – Geoff Craig

Internationally renowned athlete, World Champion kickboxer, Race Across America winner, Israeli Secret Police officer, Krav Maga Elite Commando trainer, author and glass ceiling crusher, Leah Goldstein will be sharing her new memoir No Limits. If you haven’t heard Leah’s story, be prepared to be awestruck. Leah’s story will inspire you to make the changes you desire in your life to become Limitless.

When not busy going on 15 hour training rides, Leah can be found working as a personal trainer and motivational speaker in the interior of BC. Leah collaborated with her business partner Lori Friend Moger in the writing of her memoir.