2023 Jewish Book Festival

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05.01.2023 - Article

The Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival is one of Vancouver’s leading cultural and literary events, attracting a large and varied audience of over 5,000 people of all ages. This highly popular community-wide event brings together prominent and emerging Jewish writers and non-Jewish writers on Jewish subject matter.

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The calendar of events includes numerous other exciting authors, of which the following event related to Germany is only a small selection: 

But I Live
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BUT I LIVE – Three Stories of Child Survivors of the Holocaust

WINNER - 2022 Canadian Jewish Literary Award

Sun Feb 12, 12:00pm 

Location: Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver | 950 West 41st Avenue | Vancouver, BC

$18 TICKETS - Register here

MIRIAM LIBICKI | David Schaffer (Vancouver): A Kind of Resistance

GILAD SELIKTAR | Nico & Rolf Kamp (Amsterdam): Thirteen Secrets

BARBARA YELIN | Emmie Arbel (Kiryat Tiv’on, Israel): But I Live

Touted as “the most powerful collection of non-fiction graphic novellas of the Holocaust since Art Spiegelman’s Maus- But I Live is an intimate co-creation of three graphic novelists and four Holocaust survivors.

David Schaffer and his family survived in Romania due to their refusal to obey Nazi collaborators.

In the Netherlands, brothers Nico and Rolf Kamp were hidden by the Dutch resistance in 13 different places. Through the story of Emmie Arbel, a child survivor of the Ravensbrück and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps, we see the lifelong trauma inflicted by the Holocaust. To complement these hauntingly beautiful visual depictions, the book includes historical essays, a postscript from the artists, and words of the survivors.

The graphic novelists and the editor will focus on the very unusual artistic process.

CHARLOTTE SCHALLIÉ is a professor and chair in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Victoria.

MIRIAM LIBICKI (Vancouver) holds an MFA in Creative Writing and is an award-winning graphic novelist. She is the author of Towards a Hot Jew (2017 Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature) and many nonfiction comics.

BARBARA YELIN (Munich) studied illustration at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences and has worked as a comics artist for newspapers and international anthologies. She published the award-winning graphic novel Irmina.

GILAD SELIKTAR (Israel) is an acclaimed graphic novelist and children’s book illustrator whose works are published in Israel and throughout the world.

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