Jewish Book Festival

A Jewish Book Council presentation

Zoom Author Talk and Q & A


Wednesday Oct 20, 2021 at 9:30am PT  

DAVID GROSSMAN – More Than I Love My Life

In Conversation with Marilyn Hassid of the Jewish Book Council

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Join Jew­ish Book Coun­cil and inter­na­tion­al­ly best-sell­ing author David Gross­man in a con­ver­sa­tion about love, trau­ma, and heal­ing. More Than I Love My Life is the sto­ry of three gen­er­a­tions of women on an unlike­ly jour­ney to a Croa­t­ian island and a secret that needs to be told, writ­ten by Book­er Prize win­ner, Sapir Prize win­ner, and two-time Nation­al Jew­ish Book Award win­ner David Gross­man. He will be joined by Jew­ish Book Council’s own Mar­i­lyn Has­sid, in a con­ver­sa­tion that will allow the audi­ence a peek inside his inspi­ra­tion for writ­ing this book and more.


Book Launch at the JCC


Thursday Oct 7, 2021 at 7:00pm

Attendees will be asked to show proof of vaccination with their BC Vaccine Card

In conversation with Heather Glassman Berkowitz

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Why do word puzzles fascinate us? How do they help develop problem-solving skills? How do they teach us about geography, literature, sports, and popular culture? How are they an international language? Jonathan Berkowitz offers a brief history of wordplay, with insights into puzzles and the brain.
The Whirl of Words is a unique, rich, and intriguing tour of a wide variety of word puzzles certain to stimulate a brain work-out.

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Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Dr. Jonathan Berkowitz is the Word Guy on North by Northwest on CBC Radio One, where he shares his lifelong passion for words, word puzzles, and wordplay.  He is an award-winning professor of statistics at UBC’s Sauder School of Business and pioneered an executive education course on puzzle solving for business decision-making.


In partnership with the JCC US/Canada Jewish Literary Consortium

Zoom Author Talks and Q & A


Tuesday  Aug 10, 2021 | 5:00 pm PDT  

MARGARET ATWOOD –  Two Scorched Men
In Conversation with Holly Firfer, Atlanta Media Personality

This event was pre-recorded and questions were solicited in advance from viewers.
All event attendees will receive access to Scribd (a reading subscription service), free for two months. Upon registration for this event, you will receive the complimentary promo code for your subscription!

Margaret Atwood needs little introduction and, in 2021, is more culturally influential than ever.

A short story that draws from characters and places in Ms. Atwood’s own life, “Two Scorched Men” is a semi-autobiographical tale about the author’s time in Provence. At its center is a friendship between two very different and eccentric men whose lives were transformed by World War II and by personal tragedy. The story is a tribute to the power of connection and resilience and is as funny and affectionate as it is unsentimental about what it means to be human.
It’s available exclusively on Scribd beginning August 8, 2021.

Wednesday Aug 18, 2021 | 5:00 pm PDT  

DANIEL LEVIN – Proof of Life: Twenty Days on the Hunt for a Missing Person in the Middle East

Daniel Levin was at his office in New York when he got a call from an acquaintance with an urgent, cryptic request to meet in Paris. A young man had gone missing in Syria. No government, embassy, or intelligence agency would help. Would he? This begins the suspenseful, shocking, and at times brutal true-life story that finds Levin, a lawyer turned armed-conflict negotiator, navigating the seedy and dangerous underbelly of the Middle East, where he encounters powerful sheiks, drug lords, and sex traffickers in pursuit of the truth.

PROOF OF LIFE is a mind-blowing exploration of how people use leverage to get what they want, entangling Levin in a dizzying web of favors and counter favors with the highest stakes possible. The book is a fast-paced thriller wrapped in a memoir, a must-read for anyone interested in power dynamics, international affairs, or the Middle East.

The son of a diplomat, Daniel Levin spent his early years in the Middle East and in Africa and then trained as a lawyer. For the past twenty years he has worked with governments and institutions worldwide, focusing on economic development and political reform through financial literacy, political inclusion, and constitutional initiatives.  He lives outside New York City.

Monday  August 23 | 5:00 pm PDT

FRANCINE PROSE / The Vixen: A Novel
In Conversation with Holly Firfer, CNN Journalist

THE VIXEN is the latest novel from critically acclaimed, bestselling author Francine Prose. The year is 1953, and Simon Putnam, a recent Harvard graduate, has landed an editorial role at a distinguished New York City publisher. Thrust into a glittering world of martini lunches, exclusive literary salons, and old-money aristocrats, Simon finds himself a far cry from his loving, middle-class Jewish family in Coney Island. But Simon’s first assignment—editing The Vixen, the Patriot and the Fanatic, a lurid bodice-ripper improbably based on the recent trial and execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, a potboiler intended to shore up the firm’s failing finances—makes him question the cost of admission. Because Simon has a secret that, at the height of the Red Scare and the McCarthy hearings, he cannot reveal: his beloved mother was a childhood friend of Ethel Rosenberg’s. Indeed, his parents mourn Ethel’s death.
THE VIXEN rewards its reader with an eminently satisfying conclusion. It is the sort of work most needed right now. At once domestic and political, contemporary and historic, funny and heartbreaking, the novel illuminates a period of history with eerily striking similarities to the current moment.

Francine Prose is the author of twenty-one works of fiction including, the highly acclaimed Mister Monkey; Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932; A Changed Man, which won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize; and Blue Angel, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her works of nonfiction include the highly praised Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife, and Reading Like a Writer, which has become a classic.

About the JCC Jewish Book Festival

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.

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