35th Annual JCC Jewish Book Festival

Comments 9 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival will warm up your winter nights with an exciting roster of writers from across Canada, the US, Israel and South Africa.

Jewish Book Festival 2020

35th Annual JCC Jewish Book Festival

When: February 8 to 13, 2020
Tickets: Available online now »
Where: Most events take place at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver (950 West 41st Ave at Oak), as well as in outreach locations in the Lower Mainland.

The six days of the Festival are packed with inspiring and entertaining literary events including unique meet-the-author opportunities, readings and panel discussions, the annual book club event, children’s and youth authors, wellness subjects and two onsite bookstores new and used, open throughout the week.

There is something of interest for every age group and literary taste. Featured 2020 Festival authors will include: ​

Opening Night Gala with GARY SHTEYNGART, the incredibly funny and incredibly smart master of satire, in conversation with Lisa Christiansen about his biting and timely novel Lake Success; an interdisciplinary Closing Night with JAMIE BERNSTEIN, daughter of revered composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein. Her memoir Famous Father Girl invites us into the family’s private world where, with the help of guest musicians, she will offer us a rare look at her father around the centennial of his birth.

Winner of the 2019 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature MICHAEL DAVID LUKAS will talk about his fascinating historical fiction novel The Last Watchman of Cairo followed by the documentary From Cairo to the Cloud by local filmmaker MICHELLE PAYMAR.

Local bestselling author DANIEL KALLA headlining our annual Book Clubs event with his latest novel We All Fall Down, a historical/medical thriller; BC ecologist and professor ALEJANDRO FRID arguing that merging science and Indigenous knowledge may be the only way to avert the imminent climate and biodiversity crises, in his book Changing Tides: An Ecologists Journey to Make Peace with the Anthropocene.

Local historian HEIDI TWOREK with her brilliant new book News from Germany: The Competition to Control World Communications 1900-1945; eminent South African photographer and writer TERRY KURGAN, winner of the 2019 Sunday Times Alan Paton Non-fiction Award presenting her book Everyone is Present: Essays on Photography, Family and Memory, in our first partnership with the Polygon Gallery.

Israeli/Canadian writer GILA GREEN, author of novel in stories White Zion and YA novel No Entry. Local parenting expert ANNE ANDREW with her book What They Dont Teach in Prenatal ClassALEXANDRA FRANKEL bringing forth a whimsical children’s book about diversity and acceptance From Neigh to Zebra. Former Vancouverite ANNA MEHLER PAPERNY with her vibrant, compelling memoir Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me and many other authors, events and genres.

Follow the Jewish Community Centre on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more info about this festival and more.

Win Tickets

Jamie Bernstein photo by Steve J Sherman
Jamie Bernstein photo by Steve J Sherman

I have a pair of tickets to give away to the closing night event with Jamie Bernstein on February 13 at 7:30pm. In this deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir (Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein) the eldest daughter of revered composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father around the centennial of his birth. Jamie will be joined by UBC School of Music singers and pianists to bring to life some of her father’s lyrical works, with an overarching social justice theme.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. UPDATE: The winner is Colleen!

9 Comments  —  Add a Comment Below

  1. Jason BWednesday, January 15th, 2020 — 3:11pm PST

    Great

  2. LucWednesday, January 15th, 2020 — 11:24pm PST

    I’d love to read listen to some bookish people!

  3. deeThursday, January 16th, 2020 — 12:51pm PST

    Mum’s birthday

  4. RobThursday, January 16th, 2020 — 7:24pm PST

    Definitely an interesting event.

  5. bonnie lamThursday, January 16th, 2020 — 9:33pm PST

    Best it will be magical. Good luck to you all. Huggies.

  6. Candace HFriday, January 17th, 2020 — 7:06pm PST

    This is an intriguing event.

  7. colleen tsoukalasSaturday, January 18th, 2020 — 7:38am PST

    Love Leonard Bernstein and would like to know more. Would like to read the book and review, too. Wow!

  8. KarenMonday, January 20th, 2020 — 4:30pm PST

    Would make a great Valentine’s Eve date night.

  9. KeslerWednesday, January 22nd, 2020 — 11:39pm PST

    looks interesting

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