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The Lower Mainland Bookcrossing Meetup Group Message Board › 22nd Annual Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival

22nd Annual Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival

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Vancouver, BC
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Hi folks,

This was brought to my attention as something that could be of interest to bookcrossers!


Gets Set for Another Dynamic Year

November 18 to November 23, 2006

Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver

(950 W. 41st Avenue)

Box Office and Info (604) 257-5111

Vancouver, BC ? The Jewish Book Festival is set to launch another great year, with a record number of authors featured in almost 30 entertaining and thought-provoking events running from Saturday November 18 th to Thursday November 23rd.

Opening Night Celebration - The Cherie Smith Memorial Lecture Evening provides a high-profile start to the Festival with New York writer Jonathan Safran Foer, author of the acclaimed novel ?Everything is Illuminated? which received a National Jewish Book Award and a Guardian First Book Award, was named Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Times, and was adapted last year into a feature film by the director Liev Schreiber. Foer?s most recent bestseller, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2005), is one of the first American works of fiction to incorporate the events of September 11, 2001 as a central theme in its story. The father of 9-year-old protagonist Oskar Schell was on one of the upper floors of the World Trade Centre when terrorists crashed jets into the Twin Towers. A parallel narrative tells the story of Oskar?s grandparents who experienced the devastation of the bombing of Dresden in 1945. Interviewing this celebrated ?twenty something? author on-stage will be Hal Wake, the Artistic Director of the Vancouver International Writers Festival (Saturday, Nov.18 @ 7:30pm)

On Sunday November 19th the Festival offers non-stop events for all ages and literary interests. The all-day schedule begins with a returning favourite, the Poetry Brunch at 11 am, hosted by poet and singer/songwriter Gena Perala, and featuring Susan Glickman, Rafi Aaron, Renee Norman, Naomi Beth Wakan and Laurie Block. Special events for youthful readers and writers begin at 11 am with a Childrens? Illustration Workshop led by Sima Elizabeth Shefrin (Middle East Peace Quilt Project). At 1 pm, back by popular demand is the 11th Annual Young Authors? Tea with special guests Shefrin and Ellen Schwartz. The Young Authors Tea writing theme this year is Noah?s Ark. At the other end of the age spectrum (also at 1 pm) is the Late Bloomers Writing Workshop, led by Naomi Beth Wakan. At 3 pm, Rafi Aaron (Surviving the Censor: The Unspoken Words of Osip Mandelstam) leads a Poetry Prose Writing Workshop, and following that event there?s a Storytelling Concert at 5:30 pm featuring Manitoba folklorists Kay Stone and Laurie Block. The Festival will also offer the first of its two 2006 Paper Bag Dinners on Sunday evening so festival-goers can remain at the Community Centre between late afternoon and evening events. The day ends with a special presentation starting at 8 pm, of Helen Mintz?s one-woman play ?On the Other Side of the Poem? which she has performed In North America and Europe, including by special invitation this past spring in Germany.

A new development this year will see the Festival reach out beyond its main venue, the Jewish Community Centre. On November 22, Medieval and Yiddish literature specialist Sheila Delany will speak at the JCC, while at the same time in downtown Vancouver at the Stanley Park Pavilion, writers Melanie Fogell and Sid Tafler will offer their perspectives on Jewish identity and its connection to the places one calls home (both the JCC and Stanley Park events on Wednesday, Nov.22 @ 8pm).

Sure to be a memorable conclusion to the Festival, the Closing Night Presentation brings together best-selling Toronto author Catherine Gildiner ((Seduction, Too Close to the Falls) and Giller Prize nominee and Canadian Jewish Book Award winner Edeet Ravel (A Wall of Light, Ten Thousand Lovers). (Thursday, Nov. 23 @ 8pm; admission is free but please reserve by calling Hadassah-Wizo at 604 257 5160).

Other not-to-be-missed presenters include Rebecca Godfrey (Under the Bridge: the True Story of the Murder of Reena Virk), Norman Ravvin (re-issue editor, The Rich Man), Elaine Kalman Naves (Shoshanna?s Story), David Matas (Aftershock: Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism), Susan Glickman (The Violin Lover), David Granirer (The Happy Neurotic) and Robert Krell (And Life Has Changed Forever: Holocaust Childhoods Remembered). Two Lecture and Lunch presentations are scheduled, the first with motivational writer Lyvia L. Smith, author of The Joy of Positive Thinking...How To Be Up When You?re Down! (Monday Nov. 20 @ noon) and the second with Vancouver favourite chef and cookbook author Susan Mendelson, whose latest book is Mama Now Cooks Like This: The Best of Susan Mendelson. Mendelson?s event will include a cooking demonstration (Wednesday Nov.22 @ noon).

The majority of Jewish Book Festival Events are free to the public. However registration or tickets are required for some events and prices range from $5 to $30. Check out the Festival?s program brochure, widely available throughout Vancouver, or go online at for full event details. To buy tickets, call JCC reception 604 257 5111. All events will be held at the Jewish Community Centre, 950 West 41st Avenue, with the exception of the 8 pm reading on November 22 in the Stanley Park Pavilion. The Opening Night Celebration and the Closing Night Presentation will both be held at the Norman Rothstein Theatre at the JCC.

For media enquiries, to interview Festival director Reisa Smiley Schneider, or for more information about the festival and participating authors, please contact Festival publicist Jodi Smith, tel. 604 736 4939, email:
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