The Georgia Straight presents the JCC Jewish Book Festival

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      From November 25 to 30, the 33rd annual JCC Jewish Book Festival takes over various Lower Mainland venues.

      The six-day festival brings together prominent and emerging Jewish writers and non-Jewish writers with Jewish interest subject matter in literature, the arts, philosophy, theology, history, and current events.

      In a press release, festival director Dana Camil Hewitt says that "while the nucleus of our festival is Jewish-themed, our speakers, events and audience all defy narrow categorization: they challenge pre-conceptions about the meaning of our culture in the modern world and, with that, the festival expands its reach and becomes ever more inclusive."

      This year, bibliophiles can take in meet-the-author opportunities, readings and panel discussions, the annual book club event, writing workshops, children’s and youth authors, wellness and food subjects, interdisciplinary and multimedia events, and two onsite bookstores.

      Participating authors include Nathan Englander, Alison Pick, Ruby Namdar, Rachel Kadish, Gavriel Savit, Pnina Granirer, Dana and Jacob Attias, Dan Bar-El, Irene N. Watts, Kathryn E. Shoemaker, Miriam Libicki, Orli Auslander, Jonathan Rotsztain, and Stephen Tobolowsky.

      More information is available on the JCC Jewish Book Festival's website.