Thursday March 30, 2017
Socialize over refreshments: 1:00 pm
Program: 1:30 - 3:00 pm
With award-winning author Nora Gold
In this beautifully-written novel, a composer of Jewish sacred music travels to Israel to recover from a relationship she once had there, and thanks to the power of music, begins coming to terms with her lost love.
The Dead Man is a compelling novel about a woman who is obsessed. Eve, who is both a composer of sacred music and a music therapist, is well aware of the saying, “Physician, heal thyself,” but she just can’t seem to do this. For some unknown reason, she — a sensible, intelligent professional — can’t recover from a brief relationship she had five years ago with a world-famous music critic named Jake. This obsession with Jake is a mystery to Eve’s friends, and also to her. In an attempt to solve this and to put this relationship behind her, she returns to Israel where Jake still lives, and where they first fell in love. There she revisits all their old haunts and struggles to complete the song cycle she started composing five years ago about Jake but hasn’t been able to finish. Gradually the dark mystery behind their complex relationship begins to unravel. This novel, filled with music, dealing with themes of love, loss, and the power of art, will resonate deeply with anyone who has ever loved and lost, and will continue to resound and echo for a long time afterward.
"The Dead Man is a wonderfully affecting, memorable, and original tale. Nora Gold is a natural storyteller, and her ability to make us understand the shimmering and complex landscape of love has its haunting echoes in the Israeli landscape. This is an ingeniously and gorgeously crafted story, radiantly musical in its rich textures."
- Jay Neugeboren, author of Imagining Robert, Max Baer and the Star of David, etc.
Nora Gold, born and raised in Montreal, is a prize-winning author. Her recent novel, Fields of Exile, won the 2015 Canadian Jewish Literary Award, and was widely praised, including by Ruth Wisse and Cynthia Ozick. Ozick called Fields of Exile “a brave and luminous book” that she read “with nonstop enthralled admiration.” Gold’s previous 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!” In addition to her writing, Dr. Gold is the founder and editor of the prestigious online literary journal Jewish Fiction .net which, in 18 issues, has published over 300 stories from around the world (including translations from 14 languages) and has readers in 140 countries. Gold is also 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 involved in activism and community work, currently with the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute in Boston, JSpaceCanada, Heart to Heart, and The Dafna Fund.