8 authors - Just 5 minutes to pitch their books - Jewish Book Festival.


Sun Feb 12 2023 at 10:00 am to 11:30 am


Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver | Vancouver, BC

Sun, Feb 12, 10:00 – 11:30am By donation.
Light refreshments served.
Modeled on the prestigious NYC Jewish Book Council author pitches, but adapted to the more relaxed Vancouver pace, this event gives each author 5 minutes to make the audience fall in love with their book and bring it home to meet mother.

You May Call Me Lance: A Tale of Lancelot the Most Noble Cat
Many cats lead extraordinary lives, but not many are lucky enough to have their adventures documented through the eyes of someone who truly understands them. Sir Lancelot is a legend of a cat, a YouTube superstar and a veterinary clinic super host. Now you can marvel at the story of his life as told in his own words and written down by the father of the helpful vet himself!
LEO BURSTYN is a semi-retired computer scientist living in Vancouver.

Mouth of the Donkey: Re-Imagining Biblical Animals
The Torah is filled with animals. Snakes try to teach us. Donkeys work alongside us. Locusts warn us. Clearly, ancient Jewish writers paid close attention to the animals in their landscape. Mouth of the Donkey takes a new look at Torah’s animal stories, re-imagining them with wit, scholarship, and optimism. Every re-telling shows how Torah’s earth-based ecological values can guide us in a time of climate crisis.
LAURA DUHAN-KAPLAN is a scholar, writer, spiritual teacher, and animal-lover. She is Rabbi Emerita of Or Shalom Synagogue and Director of Inter-Religious Studies at the Vancouver School of Theology.

From School To Sky: Joseph’s Tale of War
This is the amazing story of Joseph Halpern, snatched from his small Polish/Jewish community at the age of sixteen to become a Russian fighter pilot. His adventures and determination led him to become a hero of the Soviet Union, a fighter pilot in the 1948 Israeli conflict, and eventually took him to the shores of Canada, where he was reunited with his parents he presumed dead. He went on to a distinguished career and played a crucial role in NASA’s Apollo missions.
GEORGE HALPERN (Joseph’s son) had made his reputation as “Georgie Bones”—a skilled blues guitarist, singer-songwriter and mean harmonica player. He has been an entrepreneur, salesman, and a data technician in Vancouver.

Dreams, Nightmares, and Reality
This is the story of a prominent Hungarian-Jewish family of industrialists, influential writers, progressive political thinkers, and patrons of art and literature against the backdrop of 20th-century European history. The book serves to warn against ethnic discrimination and authoritarian dictatorships, both fascist and communist, while conveying an uplifting and inspiring message of resilience, perseverance, and the power of “paying it forward”.
HELGA HATVANY is a writer and translator in Vancouver.

Our Love Affair with Dance
This biography contributes to a history of early Modern Dance in Vancouver, detailing the lives of Jewish dance artists Magda and Gertrud Hahn, who opened the first modern dance school in Vancouver in the late 1950s. The sisters started teaching their own unique style of dance, which was innovative and groundbreaking for its time.
KAREN McKINLAY KURNAEDY is a dancer, writer, and educator in Coquitlam.

The Hotelkeeper’s Daughter
This creative memoir is the gripping story of the Hamerov family from 1938-1948. They lived in a religious, Eastern European Jewish immigrant community in Brooklyn, New York. To break the cycle of poverty, the parents decide to become
hotelkeepers. All four children struggle with their parents’ high expectations and demands.
GLORIA LEVI is a speaker, activist and author in Vancouver.

When We Return
Who should be held responsible for public wrongs? In this thought-provoking novel, weaving together different timelines and countries, Tobias examines the topic of grief a community endures after a collective tragedy. We discover what happens when our past calls us back to what we must do to achieve justice and reconciliation when we return.
ELIANA TOBIAS was born in Chile and lived in Peru before moving to Vancouver. Her lived experience of political turmoil fueled her passion to write about the ways in which people caught in devastation rebuild their lives.

It All Ends Up in a Parfait Glass: A Tribute to My Mother’s Wisdom
Remember the Sixties? When parents didn’t know where you were every minute? When the teacher’s word was final and no one argued with her? Meet the Zacks family, where expectations were high and each day you had to accomplish something. Don’t just sit there. Read a book. Study hard and the world will be yours. Go back to a much simpler time, and laugh at “mom’s” expressions…Fast forward sixty years as all of those quirky sayings take on meaning at long last.
MARJIE ZACKS lives in Toronto and brings her small-town-Ontario childhood to life in this lighthearted collection.

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Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver, 950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, Canada

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