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“Good Books, Good Company” with Cynthia Good


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Like the best companions, books can offer comfort and reflection when we most need them. Many of us have suffered during this uncomfortable time. And many of us, myself included, have learned how much a good book can take us out of ourselves and into ourselves.  The right book can help us to see the world in new ways and interact more meaningfully with those around us.

In this session, I’ll discuss some of the books I’ve read during the pandemic and consider the research on the psychology of fiction by my friend and colleague Keith Oatley.  If you find solace, comfort, perspective, wisdom, even sanctuary in books, please join in the conversation.


Cynthia Good is a former president and publisher of Penguin Books and Professor Emerita of Humber College, where she ran the publishing program. She now consults with writing and publishing groups and facilitates book clubs.  For our congregation, she heads the Holy Blossom Centre for Contemporary Jewish Literature and hosts the extremely popular Zoom series: “Good Books”.


September 19
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
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  • Tema Title

    Tema Title
    I too began my love of reading at Boys and Girls House at an early age; it was my favourite go-to place. I also became a teacher and each of my own children grow up needing and loving books Is it possible to send me the list of books from your study session?

  • Jill Glazer

    Please tell me the source of rabbi splansky’s sermon last Sunday. It went through history to the present. It was beautiful

  • Mimi Hollenberg

    I thought what you had to say about books and reading , said it all. If you have a book, you are never alone. Mimi

  • Ken Skolnik

    Please send me the list of books from your study session. It brought up many wonderful memories for me because I too began reading at the Boys and Girls House and it turned me into a life-long reader who became a high-school English teacher. For young readers with lively imaginations, I recommend the Hornblower series. It made the Napoleonic wars come alive. Thank you in advance, Ken

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