|ReVIEWS, preVIEWS, interVIEWS, and overVIEWS: here’s where you’ll find out what the Vancouver Book Club team thinks about the literary scene in Vancouver. What you should read, where you should go, who you should sit up and notice.|
A great book festival is one that offers a variety of ways to interact with authors and the written word, and this year’s Jewish Book Festival is no exception. Now in its 28th year, the festival brings local, Canadian, and international writers for 6 days of panel discussions, workshops, a film screening, food events, and readings for both adults and children/youth
One of Vancouver’s leading cultural and literary events, the festival attracts a large and varied audience of over 5,000 people of all ages, bringing together prominent and emerging Jewish writers and non-Jewish writers with Jewish interest subject matter in literature, the arts, philosophy, theology, history and current events
Local authors featured at this year’s festival include environmentalist Tzeporah Berman (This Crazy Time, with Mark Leiren-Young); former Vancouver Sun columnist Paula Brook, who will lead two writing workshops; psychologist & dog expert Stanley Coren, whose latest book is Do Dogs Dream?: Nearly Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know; and prolific children’s author Deborah Hodge who is launching her latest Rescuing the Children: The Story of the Kindertransport.
Other local writers appearing include Richard Menkis, Ellen Schwartz, Fraidie Martz, and Rhea Tregebov.
The festival runs from Saturday November 24 until Thursday November 29, with all events at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver, 950 West 41st Ave. Festival details, including links to purchase tickets, can be found at jewishbookfestival.ca.