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INTERGENERATIONAL TRAUMA
Wednesday November 29  |  6:00-7:30pm
ROGER FRIE / Not in My Family: German Memory and Responsibility after the Holocaust
CLAIRE SICHERMAN / Imprint: A Memoir of Trauma in the Third Generation
MODERATOR: ABBY WENER HERLIN

or by phone 604-257-5111   |   $18

ROGER FRIE
WINNER 2017 CANADIAN JEWISH LITERARY AWARD (in history)

In this extraordinary and highly absorbing book, Canadian author Roger Frie confronts an unspoken Nazi    history in his German family. With remarkable courage, he seeks to transform his family narrative into an understanding of the Holocaust’s forbidding reality.

The son of German postwar immigrants who were children during World War II, and with grandparents who were participants in the War, he uses the history of his family to explore the moral and psychological implications of memory against the backdrop of one of humanity’s darkest periods.

“Searingly honest, multi-textured and beautifully written. Roger Frie’s riveting exploration of intergenerational war memory and submerged guilt will be read as an instant classic.” – Erna Paris

ROGER FRIE is a psychologist and philosopher educated in London and Cambridge. He is Professor of Education at Simon Fraser University,  Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry at UBC and Faculty and Supervisor at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Psychology in New York.

CLAIRE SICHERMAN
Imprint: A Memoir of Trauma in the Third Generation is a profound and courageous exploration of trauma, family, and the importance of breaking silence and telling stories. When her son almost died at birth and her grandmother passed away, Claire’s body, which had always felt weighed down by unknown hurt, suddenly suffered from chronic health conditions. Her grief was so large it seemed to encompass more than her own lifetime, and she became determined to find out why.

Sicherman grew up reading Anne Frank and watching Schindler’s List with almost no knowledge of the Holocaust’s impact on her family. Now a mother herself, Sicherman uses vignettes, epistolary style, and other unconventional forms to explore the intergenerational transmission of trauma, about the fact that genes can be altered and carry memories, which are then passed down—a genetic imprinting. A testimony of the connections between mind and body, the past and the present, Imprint is devastatingly beautiful—ultimately a story of love and survival.

CLAIRE SICHERMAN is a graduate of The Humber School for Writers and Langara College. She is a facilitator in a multi-generational writing group called Home Words Project. She lives on Salt Spring Island. Imprint is her first book.


JEWISH AND DELICIOUS
Wednesday November 29  |  8:00-9:30pm
DANA and JACOB ATTIAS / The Jewlish Cookbook

SPONSORED BY NANCY BROWN HALPERN

or by phone 604-257-5111   |   $18

Only six months after their wedding, Dana and Jacob Attias created Jewlish, a video series that amassed over 100 million views on social media. In The Jewlish Cookbook, they highlight the diversity of Jewish cuisine with recipes that span across the world and through the ages. Containing recipes such as Za’atar and Olive Stuffed Challah, Boyos de Espinaca, Vegetarian Chopped Liver and Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies, this book is a playful explosion of colour and flavour.

Having spent most of her life moving between London and Israel, DANA ATTIAS has both a cheeky British side and an outgoing Israeli side. As the lead producer, Dana’s ability to transform ideas into reality is what made Jewlish an instant hit.

JACOB ATTIAS moved from Cleveland, Ohio to Israel where he found the two loves of his life, Dana and Israeli food. Jacob founded a highly successful digital media company and, since he wanted to find a way to blend food into his business,  Jewlish was born.