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The Centre for Contemporary Jewish Literature at Holy Blossom Temple and The Koffler Centre of the Arts present:


Fiction as Memoir: An Intimate Book Launch for Last Impressions by Joseph Kertes


Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at 7:30 pm



For more information please contact Debbie Spiegel, [email protected]



Joe Kertes has often mined his family’s history for his award-winning novels. Sometimes with humour, sometimes with tragedy, Joe has woven family truths and real people with imagined situations and created characters. His new novel, Last Impressions, is no exception.

How does a writer make these creative decisions? Has he considered memoir instead? What might other family members make of his ‘fictionalizing’ them?

We are delighted to have Joe Kertes discuss these and other questions with a small group of people. Writers who may want to translate their families into fiction or pen a memoir, readers who love to see behind the novel to the writer and his motivations, and all of those who have enjoyed Joe’s previous books, please register for this intimate, interactive conversation.

About Last Impressions

Zoltan Beck is dying. His devoted but long-suffering sons, Ben and Frank can’t quite bring themselves to believe that the end is really at hand…and neither can Zoltan himself. But as Zoltan faces the end of his life, he discovers a heartbreaking secret from the War that will ultimately bring the family together–or irrevocably disrupt it. Set in both mid-20th century Hungary and contemporary Toronto, this is a story of lost love and newfound connections, of a father and his sons desperately reaching out to bridge an ever-widening gap…even as their time together ebbs away.

Get Last Impressions hot off the press! Books on sale at the event!

Joseph Kertes was born in Hungary but escaped with his family to Canada after the revolution of 1956.

His novel, Gratitude, won a Canadian National Jewish Book Award and the U.S. National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. His novel The Afterlife of Stars, has been described by Anne Michaels as “unforgettable and deeply moving,” and by Miriam Toews as a “masterpiece.”





March 10
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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