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Upcoming JCC author events

November 10th, 2022

CBC Radio’s “Word Guy,” Dr. Jonathan Berkowitz and artist Linda Dayan Frimer will be showcasing their new books at Vancouver’s Jewish Community Centre later this month as part of the Jewish Book Festival.

Berkowitz will be discussing his latest title, Tales From the Word Guy: What Your English Teacher Never Taught You (FriesenPress $24.99), in which he continues his exploration of the history, idiosyncrasies and sheer pleasures of the English language. He covers how English evolved and expanded over the centuries and reminds us of long-forgotten aspects of how to use the language properly.

A UBC professor of statistics and lover of words, Jonathan Berkowitz’s previous book is The Whirl of Words: Puzzling Past and Present (FriesenPress, 2021).

Event Details:

Tuesday Nov 29, 7:00pm
Jewish Community Centre in Vancouver, 950 W 41st Ave.
In Conversation with Sheryl MacKay
Adapted from radio by Heather Glassman Berkowitz
FREE, no registration required – just show up!

Books will be available for purchase and Jonathan Berkowitz will be signing after the launch.


Artist Linda Dayan Frimer’s Luminous – An Artist’s Story as a Guide to Radical Creativity (Granville Island Publishing $44.95) affirms that in a world in need of healing, creativity is a uniting force. Inspired by the art of our stories and paralleling the lives of artists and art movements through history, Frimer’s book is designed to guide readers on a colour, form and symbol-filled journey toward essence, while deepening purpose. Luminous showcases over 120 vivid paintings along with art exercises to guide others as the artists of their own stories.

Event Details:

Sunday Nov 27, 3:00pm
Isaac Waldman Library at the Jewish Community Centre in Vancouver, 950 W 41st Ave.
FREE – Reserve your seat by emailing

Books will be available for purchase and Linda Frimer will be signing after the launch.

Linda Frimer (left) at her easel and (right) the cover of her new book.


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