Are you ready to curl up with a good book (festival)?
The Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival is returning virtually from February 6 to 10, 2022. Warming up long winter nights with an array of authors from Canada, USA, Israel, Australia & Great Britain. The themes emerge organically from the world around us: investigating the rise of the new anti-Semitism, exploring diverse identities and the formative place of the Holocaust there; and in this light, unpacking some parallels between the Jewish and the Indigenous experience.
Some of the features of the 2022 Jewish Book Festival include:
Opening Event with a brilliant duo: American novelist & journalist DARA HORN (with her book People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present ) and British comedian and writer DAVID BADDIEL (with his book Jews Don ‘t Count).
The annual Book Clubs event will feature bestselling Australian author HEATHER MORRIS with her novel Three Sisters, the last in the Tattooist of Auschwitz trilogy that has taken the world by storm.
Closing Night welcomes DANIEL SOKATCH, an expert who understands both sides of one of the world’s most complex and controversial topics the Israeli-Palestianian conflict will present Can We Talk About Israel? A Guide for the Curious, Confused and Conflicted.
BC authors are represented by;
ISA MILMAN with her memoir Afterlight: In Search of Poetry, History and Home
RACHEL MINES with her translation of Jonah Rosenfeld’s The Rivals and Other Stories;
ROBERT KRELL launching his memoir Sounds from Silence
ALAN TWIGG, with his comprehensive literary history Out Of Hiding: Holocaust Literature Of British Columbia, in an event moderated by local Renaissance man YOSEF WOSK.
“We look forward to welcoming our audiences to the joyful experience of a shared literary event! The Jewish Book Festival strives to reflect and showcase recent literature that revels in the lively and pivotal ideas stemming from the modern world, and in the process expose our city and community to meaningful and captivating conversations about the written word in every shape and form” says Festival Director, Dana Camil Hewitt. “And while the nucleus of our festival is Jewish-themed, our speakers, events and audience happily represent a diversity of experiences and cultures that defy narrow categorization. We are attuned to timely and universal themes and we thrive on the interdisciplinary, always inviting visual arts and performance art into our events”.
Check out the 37th Annual Jewish Book Festival’s online program and visit jccgv.com/jewish-book-festival for tickets and more information. All-access streaming passes to every event are available at $99. Individual tickets are $12 – $24.