Alan Twigg’s tribute to Rudolf Vrba

Rudolf Vrba, who escaped Auschwitz and co-authored a report saving 200,000 lives, remains unrecognized in Vancouver despite his significant historical impact. Alan Twigg (l.) seeks to change this.” FULL STORY


Fiction at the Jewish Book Fest

February 06th, 2023


Sun Feb 12, 3:00 pm
 at White Rock South Surrey JCC
3033 King George Blvd, Surrey                     

By donation.  REGISTER

– Water Proof
“With the bucolic settings, oddball characters, and bizarre twists, Water Proof will make you laugh and care…” A dark, rousing comedy set in the Pacific Northwest, this is a story about infidelity, film-making and the search for a missing kayaker.

AARON BUSHKOWSKY (pictured at right) is a Vancouver author, poet, playwright, and screenplay writer. His first novel, Curtains for Roy, was shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. He teaches playwriting and film-writing at Langara College, Studio 58, Kwantlen University, and at Vancouver Film School.


Mon Feb 13, 11:30am
$18  GET TICKETS    Light refreshments included

SIMON CHOA-JOHNSTON – House of Daughters

Based on the author’s own family, The House of Daughters is a stand-alone sequel to the Globe and Mail bestseller, The House of Wives. This multi-generational family saga opens when Emanuel Belilios, a wealthy Jewish opium oligarch, suddenly leaves Hong Kong, and his junior-wife, Pearl blames Semah, the senior-wife. Pearl kicks Semah out of the mansion where the polyamorous trio had lived, and shuns everyone including her daughter. With unforgettable characters and high drama, this is a masterful story of passions and regrets, wealth and survival, set in Eurasian Hong Kong’s high society.

SIMON CHOA-JOHNSTON was born in Hong Kong and educated in Canada. He studied theatre in New York, and worked in Canada for over thirty years as an artistic director, director and playwright. He lives in British Columbia.



Mon Feb 13, 7:30pm             $18  GET TICKETS
Moderator: Eileen Cook

Daniel Kalla

DANIEL KALLA – The Darkness in the Light

A psychiatrist’s patients are dying—are they suicides related to a new antidepressant, or is there something more sinister going on in the northernmost town in the US? What begins as a missing persons inquiry and suspicion over a pharmaceutical cover-up quickly evolves into a terrifying journey of treachery and death—one that will horrify this isolated town and endanger many more lives.
DANIEL KALLA is the internationally bestselling author of 13 novels. He practices emergency medicine in Vancouver.

SAMANTHA M. BAILEY – Watch Out for Her

Sarah Goldman is relieved to move across the country. She has a lot she wants to leave behind, especially Holly Monroe, the pretty 22-year-old babysitter she and her husband hired to take care of their young son last summer. A spine-tingling novel, this is psychological suspense at its very best—a chilling look at trust, voyeurism, and obsession in the modern age.
SAMANTHA M. BAILEY is the bestselling author of Woman on the Edge; Watch Out for Her also became an instant #1 national bestseller. Samantha is a journalist and freelance editor living in Toronto.

SM Freedman

S.M. FREEDMAN – Blood Atonement

The Handmaid’s Tale meets All about Eve in this dark and disturbing thriller about a polygamist cult and the children who sought to escape it. Grace DeRoche escaped the fundamentalist Mormon compound of Brigham and worked to prosecute its leaders. Racked with guilt and suffering from dissociative identity disorder brought on by childhood abuse, Grace’s life is fragmented and dissociative triggers are everywhere; she never knows when an alter personality will take the reins. And then, is she the murderer… or the next victim?
S.M. FREEDMAN is the author of The Faithful, Impact Winter, and The Day She Died. She worked as a private investigator on the not-so-mean streets of Vancouver, where she lives.






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