Stanley Coren

Next month’s 28th Annual JCC Jewish Book Festival is prepared to take the city by storm with an exciting roster of writers from across Canada, the US, and Israel. This popular yearly event connects celebrated authors with an audience spanning the Lower Mainland.

Shalom Auslander
[Shalom Auslander]

The festival week is jam-packed with innovative literary events including unique meet the author opportunities, literary readings and panel discussions, a foodie event, the annual book club event, writing and self-publishing workshops, children’s authors, film screenings, and two onsite bookstores (new and used), open throughout the week.

Cary Fagan
[Cary Fagan]

This festival offers something of interest for every age group and literary taste.

Featured 2012 Festival authors include
– Opening Gala with New York’s Shalom Auslander, “A caustic comic tour de force.” (Hope: A Tragedy)
Tzeporah Berman (This Crazy Time)
– Bestselling novelist Lilian Natel with host CBC’s Sheryl MacKay (Web of Angels)
– An introduction to cartoon analysis and a novel insight into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with author Ilan Danjoux
– Psychologist and dog expert Stanley Coren (Do Dogs Dream? Nearly Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know)
– Israeli leading culinary journalist, television personality, and gay rights champion Gil Hovav, credited with changing the image of Israeli cuisine from a county of basic traditional food into a gourmet nation
– Giller Prize longlist nominee Cary Fagan

Gil Hovav
[Gil Hovav]

“The Jewish Book Festival is a wide-reaching and inclusive event that reaches out to readers from all cultures and religions,” according to Festival director, Nicole Nozick. “Jewish writers don’t write only about Jewish subjects – their themes are universal: family relationships, love, humour, history. There is something for everyone with our diverse and entertaining selection of celebrated authors and panelists.”

Tzeporah Berman
[Tzeporah Berman]

Visit the Jewish Book Festival website for updates. The festival program guide is available at select locations throughout the Lower Mainland after October 15 and all events will take place at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver.

2012 JCC Jewish Book Festival
Dates: November 24 to 29
Venue: Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver, 950 West 41st Avenue at Cambie Street
Tickets: Some events free of charge, others available for purchase online

Special pre-festival event: Sunday, November 4, 2 pm
A visit from David Javerbaum, author of The Last Testament – A Memoir By God, as well as former head writer and executive producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Click here to purchase tickets.

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