Fertig’s new poems

“Poet, publisher and long-time supporter of the writing community, Salt Spring Island-based Mona Fertig (left) has released her first collection of poems in 14 years.” FULL STORY


Schofield moderates LGBTQ+ panel

February 13th, 2024

Anakana Schofield (at right), the Irish-Canadian author of Bina: A Novel in Warnings (Knopf Canada, 2019) and the critically acclaimed, Giller Prize-shortlisted novel Martin John (Biblioasis, 2015) will moderate a panel discussion with Tamara Faith Berger and Rebecca “Bee” Sacks at the Jewish Book Festival. Scholfield also contributes criticism and essays to the London Review of Books blog, The Guardian, The Irish Times, and The Globe and Mail.


Date: February 14, 8 pm
Jewish Book Festival
Jewish Community Centre, 950 West 41st Ave., Vancouver

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Set in the sex-tape-panicked early 2000s, Yara by Tamara Faith Berger is a reverse cautionary tale about what the body can teach us. Distraught that her teenage daughter is in love with a woman a decade older, Yara’s mother sends her away from their home in Brazil to Israel, on a Birthright trip for Jewish youth. Freed from her increasingly controlling and jealous girlfriend, Yara is determined to forge her own path and follow her desires. After Birthright takes a debaucherous turn, Yara flees Israel for Toronto, and then California. As she wanders, Yara is forced to reframe her relationship and her ideas around consent.

TAMARA FAITH BERGER writes fiction, non-fiction and screenplays. She is the author of Lie With Me and The Way of the Whore, Kuntalini, and Maidenhead which won the 2012 Believer Book Award. Her fifth book, Queen Solomon, was nominated for a Trillium Book Award.


Unfolding during a previous invasion of Gaza, The Lover tells the passionate love story between a young Israeli soldier and a Canadian woman. The emotional realities of ideology and war begin to change the lovers, who undergo a gradual and parallel radicalization and deradicalization.

REBECCA “BEE” SACKS (they/any) is a queer writer. Their debut novel, City of a Thousand Gates, was awarded the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for fiction in 2023. A former journalist, they previously worked at Vanity Fair before moving to Israel to study sacred Jewish texts. Bee lives in Los Angeles.

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