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Israeli Writer Fania Oz-Salzberger Headlines 2013 Toronto Jewish Literary Festival

Festival Presented by Koffler Centre of the Arts from June 1 to 9

By: David Shear
Published: May 23rd, 2013 in Culture » Books » News
Toronto Jewish Literary festival

The 2013 Toronto Jewish Literary Festival has announced its full schedule of events, and the event looks quite impressive with 20 Canadian and international authors giving a wide-range of talks exploring contemporary Jewish life, history, big ideas, politics, and current affairs.

The Toronto Jewish Literary Festival is presented by the Koffler Centre of the Arts from June 1 to 9, 2013. The Festival presents top-quality literary programs geared towards diverse audiences in different locations and in partnership with other Jewish organizations across the city.

Festival venues include the Miles Nadal JCC (750 Spadina Ave.), Beth David Synagogue (55 Yeomans Rd.), Ben McNally Books (366 Bay St.), Bram and Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge St.), Schwartz/Reisman Centre (9600 Bathurst St.), Leo Baeck Day School, North Campus (36 Atkinson Avenue, Thornhill), and the Leo Baeck Day School, South Campus (501 Arlington Avenue).

Israeli historian and bestselling writer Fania Oz-Salzberger will headline the Festival, in conversation with award-winning author David Layton on Sunday, June 2, 2013, 7 PM at Beth David Synagogue. Oz-Salzberger and Layton will explore Oz-Salzbeger’s new book Jews and Words, co-written with her father Amos Oz. Through a blend of storytelling and scholarship, conversation and argument, father and daughter tell the tales behind Judaism’s most enduring names, adages, disputes, texts, and quips. These words compose the chain connecting Abraham with the Jews of every subsequent generation.

Joining Oz-Salzberger at this year’s Festival is award-winning Canadian author and historian Irving Abella, on Tuesday, June 4 at 8 PM at Beth David Synagogue. The Chair of Canadian Jewish History at York University, Abella will explore the writing process and the impact of his seminal work None Is Too Many: Canada and the Jews of Europe, 1933-1948, one of the most significant studies of Canadian History ever written on the occasion of its 30th anniversary.

A late night Poetry Cabaret on Saturday, June 1 at 10 PM at the Miles Nadal JCC features Toronto poets Jacob Scheier, Benjamin Hackman and Ronna Bloom. The authors will present an intimate night of poetry and wine as they read excerpts from their works exploring grief, love, and loss from a contemporary, and sometimes humorous, perspective.

Historian and author Pierre Anctil will launch of his new book Jacob-Isaac Segal 1896-1954: Un poète yiddish de Montréal et son milieu (A Montreal Yiddish poet and his milieu) on Sunday, June 9, 4 PM at Beth David Synagogue. Winner of the 2013 Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award in Yiddish Literature, Anctil’s talk will be in English and will feature special poem readings in English by J.I. Segal great-grandson Mattan Lustgarten, in French by Chantal Ringuet, and in Yiddish by Eileen Thalenberg.

Other Festival highlights include The Exile Book of Yiddish Women Writers, with Frieda Forman, Theresa Tova, and Gloria Brumer (Sunday, June 2, 2 PM, Beth David Synagogue); Only Yesterday, Collected Pieces on the Jews of Toronto with Bill Gladstone (Monday, June 3, 8 PM, Beth David Synagogue) andWriting and Publishing Jewish Fiction in Canada: Past, Present and Future with Dr. Nora Gold, Martin Levin and Cary Fagan (Wednesday, June 5, 7:30 PM, Ben McNally Books).

The Festival also features KIDLIT! – an extraordinary day devoted entirely to children’s Jewish literature programming with a make-your-own-book station, a puppet theatre, authors’ readings, and tons of hands-on literary activities for all ages. KIDLIT! is free and takes place on Sunday, June 9, 10 AM – 5 PM at the Schwartz/Reisman Centre.

School programs associated with the Festival are presented together with the Leo Baeck Day School, and include talks by authors Kathy Kacer, Cary Fagan and Rona Arato.

The Toronto Jewish Literary Festival culminates in the 25th annual Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Awards celebrating excellence in Canadian writing on Jewish themes and subjects on Thursday, June 6 at 8 PM at the Toronto Reference Library.

Full event details and ticket information is posted at www.kofflerarts.org

Related articles: Israel, Writer, Authors, Fania Oz-Salzberger, Toronto Jewish Literary Festival, Toronto, Koffler Center of the Arts
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