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Saturday, November 25, 6:00–7:00pm

In the Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre lobby
Book Festival patrons ($180+) are invited to join a gathering of Festival authors and special guests in a wine and cheese reception. 

For information on becoming a patron of the JCC Jewish Book Festival please call Dana Camil Hewitt 604-257-5156.

Saturday, November 25, 7:30pm

ALISON PICK/Strangers With the Same Dream
In conversation with Jerry Wasserman
In the Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre

or by phone 604-257-5111   |   $24

“Stunning. On one level, a fascinating novel about early Kibbutz life, but more deeply, this is thought-provoking fiction that asks important, relevant questions about ideology, privacy, equality, idealism, power, corruption and war.” —Miriam Toews

Strangers With the Same Dream is a brilliant, astonishing and timely page-turner, set in the 1920s in the Middle East. Award-winning novelist Alison Pick takes us to a lost time and place that still vividly haunts our present day.

The novel came out of her recent first trip to Israel, where she visited one of the first big kibbutzim and found herself imagining the early days of the Zionist enterprise when so much was at stake for everyone involved, Arabs and Jews alike.  Writing with restrained power, she creates unforgettable characters who, isolated within their utopian dream, are haunted by ghosts, compromised by secrets, and finally, despite flashes of love and hope, worn down by hardship, human frailty, and the pull of violent confrontation.

ALISON PICK’s bestseller novel Far to Go was nominated for the Man Booker Prize, won the Canadian Jewish Award for Fiction, was named a “Top Ten of 2010” book by the Toronto Star and was published internationally to acclaim. Her memoir, Between Gods, was a Globe and Mail “Best Book” of 2014, and a national bestseller.

JERRY WASSERMAN is an actor, critic, UBC Emeritus Professor of English and Theatre and a recent inductee in the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame.