Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street
Thur. Mar. 31 – 7pm
A reading and discussion with
Nora Gold’s novel, Fields of Exile, won the 2015 Canadian Jewish Literary Award. Her forthcoming novel, The Dead Man, set in Jerusalem, is part love story/part mystery and explores the complex relationship between a composer of Jewish sacred music and a famous music critic living in Israel. In this talk, Gold will discuss, and read short segments from both these excellent novels, with a special focus on the Israeli dimension of these works.
Nora Gold is a prize-winning author. Her recent novel, Fields of Exile (about anti-Israelism on campus) won the 2015 Canadian Jewish Literary Award, and was widely praised, including by Ruth Wisse, Nava Semel, Irwin Cotler, Alice Shalvi, Phyllis Chesler, and Cynthia Ozick. Ozick called Fields of Exile “a brave and luminous book” that she read “with nonstop enthralled admiration.”
Gold’s first book, Marrow and Other Stories, won a Canadian Jewish Book Award (1999), and Alice Munro, after reading the title story, wrote to Gold, saying “Bravo!”
Gold’s third book, the novel The Dead Man, will be published (with Inanna) in April 2016.
In addition to her writing, Dr. Gold is the founder and editor of the prestigious online literary journal Jewish Fiction .net, which has published 250 stories from around the world (originally written in 14 languages) and has readers in 140 countries. Dr. Gold, at one time a tenured professor, is now the Writer-in-Residence and an Associate Scholar at the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education, at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, where she coordinates the Wonderful Women Writers Series.
Last but not least, Gold is engaged in activism and community work. A co-founder of three Canadian Zionist organizations, she is currently involved with JSpaceCanada, Heart to Heart, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute in Boston, and The Dafna Fund in Israel. Gold holds both Canadian and Israeli citizenship.