Children’s Reading Week

On Friday, April 17th, 2015 join Lillian Boraks-Nemetz at the Kensington branch of the Vancouver Public Library. She will be reading from her award winning young adult novel, The Old Brown Suitcase. 

At age fourteen, Slava comes to Canada with her parents and sister and a suitcase filled with memories of a lost childhood, memories that now haunt her new life. She cannot forget the hunger, stench and disease in the Warsaw Ghetto, nor the fear and humiliation of being incarcerated behind a high brick wall. She cannot forget her extraordinary escape from the Ghetto when she walked alone through the gate while the guards were looking the other way. Nor can she forget being swallowed up in a strange and unknown place to survive under a hidden identity.

The story juxtaposes heart-wrenching scenes from a child’s life in war-torn Poland with the life of a teenager trying to adjust to a new country in time of peace. In Canada, it is not easy for Slava to build a bridge between two cultures; nor is it easy to live with the turmoil of her immediate past. At the same time she must face the new challenges involved in being an immigrant, a Jew and a teenage girl.

Lillian Boraks-Nemetz will be reading at the Kensington branch, 1428 Cedar Cottage Mews, Vancouver, B.C. at 1:30 pm as part of Read Local BC.

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