Vancouver artist Pnina Granirer delves into her memoir, Light Within the Shadows, at Jewish Book Festival

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      Veteran Vancouver painter Pnina Granirer invites visitors into her art and her fascinating life at the Jewish Book Festival tonight (November 16).

      At the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver at 6 p.m., she'll give an author's talk on Light Within the Shadows: a painter’s memoir, the story of a career that spans about six decades. Conceived as a play in three acts, it begins in her hometown on the Danube River in Romania during the Second World War and the Communist takeover, then travels with her to art school in Jerusalem, followed by three years in the U.S. and finally arriving in Vancouver in 1965.

      Along the way, the founder of the open-studio event Artists in Our Midst, addresses everything from the obstacles that women and mothers face to create art to the immigrant experience and her own creative process. Her sketches and old photographs bring the book to further life.

      Following her talk, head over to the JCC's Zack Gallery, where there'll be an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. of a small retrospective that spans drawings, wood engravings, and watercolours that she created everywhere from Israel to Canada.

      The festival continues to November 30, with full information and tickets are available online at or by calling the Festival Box Office at 604-257-5111.