Jewish Book Festival

OPENING NIGHT  – Sa Feb 8

The Betty Averbach Foundation Author Series

Gary Shteyngart

GARY SHTEYNGART / Lake Success

“Incredibly smart, incredibly funny, incredibly tragic, and therefore incredibly human.”
This is a biting, emotionally resonant novel of our times where two imperfect, brilliantly realized characters navigate the Shteyngartian chaos of their own making.
Gary Shteyngart is the incredibly smart and incredibly funny New York Times bestselling author of the Super Sad True Love Story, Absurdistan, and Little Failure. He is a master of satire.


CLOSING NIGHT – Th Feb 13

Jamie Bernstein

JAMIE BERNSTEIN / Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein

With guest musicians

From the daughter of revered composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, the book answers the question she is most often asked: “What was it like to have a father who was the most celebrated and multifaceted Jewish American musician of the 20th century?” Short answer: not boring. Longer answer: her book.
Jamie Bernstein is an author, broadcaster, filmmaker and concert narrator.


HIGHLIGHTS

Anna Mehler PapernyANNA MEHLER PAPERNY
Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me: Depression in the First Person
A vibrant, compelling memoir from a remarkable young woman that bravely reveals the real-life havoc wrought by depression and the urgent search for solutions. Completely engaging – essential reading for all. Anna Mehler Paperny is an award-winning reporter for Reuters. She received an investigative journalism prize for her series Death Behind Bars, exploring Canada’s psychiatric prisons.
Author photo: Derek O’Donnell 2019

Michael David LukasMICHAEL DAVID LUKAS
The Last Watchman of Cairo
We Feb 12

WINNER: THE 2019 SAMI ROHR PRIZE FOR JEWISH LITERATURE
Inspired by the discovery of the documents of the Cairo Genizah in the late 19th century, the novel builds a contemporary tale with flourishes of mystery and current societal concerns. Michael David Lukas is also a recipient of the National Jewish Book Award, and best-selling author of The Oracle of Stamboul. The documentary From Cairo to the Cloud will be shown in partnership with the Vancouver Jewish Film Festival.


Alejandro FridALEJANDRO FRID
Changing Tides: An Ecologist’s Journey to Make Peace with the Anthropocene
Mo Feb 10
A mind-expanding book that blends impeccable science with Indigenous knowledge, and offers a hopeful call to action. An attempt to shift the collective psyche of industrial civilization in time to avert the worst of climate and biodiversity crises. Engaging, informative and life affirming. Alejandro Frid, author of A World for my Daughter, is an ecologist for First Nations of BC Central Coast and teaches at the University of Victoria.

Terry KurganTERRY KURGAN
Everyone is Present: Essays on Photography, Family and Memory
Su Feb 9
In partnership with the Polygon Gallery, North Vancouver
WINNER: SUNDAY TIMES ALAN PATON AWARD FOR NON-FICTION (South Africa)
Terry Kurgan is an eminent South African photographer and writer based in Johannesburg. Her innovative, often groundbreaking work has been exhibited and published widely. The richly satisfying essays are part memoir, part detective story, part investigative reportage, depicting her quest to unravel her family’s dark European history through the few photos remaining.


About the JCC Jewish Book Festival

Download 2019 program…

The Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival is one of Vancouver’s leading cultural and literary events, attracting a large and varied audience of over 5,000 people of all ages. This highly popular community-wide event brings together prominent and emerging Jewish writers and non-Jewish writers on Jewish subject matter. Programs are selected from the following areas:

BIOGRAPHIES • BUSINESS • CHILDREN’S INTEREST • CELEBRITIES • CULINARY ARTS • EMERGING AUTHORS • FILM HISTORY • HOLOCAUST • ISRAEL • PARENTING • PHOTOGRAPHY • POETRY • POLITICS • POP CULTURE • SEPHARDIC HERITAGE • SPIRITUALITY • SPORTS • TEENS • YIDDISH CULTURE • YOUNG ADULT

PAST FESTIVAL PROGRAMS – click to download  2019 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015


ALTERNATIVE FACTS AND CONSEQUENCES

An Evening With Israeli Author Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

The Liar

SAVE THE DATE: May 7, 2020 at 7:00pm

Tickets: $20 general admission
$47 ticket + book
Taxes and service fees apply.

From the award-winning author of Waking Lions, a provocative novel about how one mistake can have a thousand consequences

Written with propulsive energy, dark humor, and deep insight, The Liar reveals the far-reaching consequences of even our smallest choices, and explores the hidden corners of human nature to reveal the liar, and the truth-teller, in all of us.

“A brilliant fable about the lure of lying and the lure of fame. The writing is wonderful.” –Joan Silber, National Book Critics Circle and PEN/Faulkner award-winning author of Improvement


Author Submissions

The JCC Jewish Book Festival’s mandate is to showcase Jewish writers or non-Jewish writers with Jewish interest subject matter. Read more…

Sponsorship Opportunities

The JCC Jewish Book Festival can help you maximize your message to a diverse demographic audience. Corporate and individual Sponsorships are available. Please phone 604-257-5156 or email jbf@jccgv.bc.ca

Click here for the Sponsorship Form

Contact and join our mailing list

Dana Camil Hewitt, Director, 604-257-5156; jbf@jccgv.bc.ca