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Per Brask & Carol Matas -- Dual Book Launch

Wednesday Oct 01 2014 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium

Launch of Per Brask’s translation of Andreas Simonsen’s Foundational Thoughts in Judaism and Carol Matas’ historical novel Tucson Jo, both published by Fictive Press.

What does Judaism say about free will, suffering, good and evil, sin, responsibility, righteousness? Andreas Simonsen explains where Judaism stands on these and other complex moral issues, while tackling the contradictions, confusions and paradoxes inherent in Judaism’s fundamental tenets. Danish thinker Andreas Simonsen (1923-1991) published over a dozen books in his lifetime, primarily on ethics, humanism and religious thought – all of them in Danish, until this first English translation by Per K. Brask.

A professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Winnipeg, Brask is also an accomplished dramaturge and author who has published poetry, plays, short stories, essays and literary translations.

Feisty fourteen-year-old Josephine Fiedler is reluctant to support her father’s bid for mayor of Tucson in 1882: “I could be sealing my fate, helping to elect someone who wants nothing more than my docility.” With a mind of her own, Jo is in constant conflict with her father and demands nothing less than the freedom he promised after uprooting the family from “civilized” Boston to the Wild West of Arizona because of his health. When trouble erupts during the election campaign and her father’s opponent attacks him for being an Israelite, Jo has to reconsider her position and even what it means to be a Jew. Inspired by Tucson’s first Jewish mayor, Tucson Jo is packed with derring-do while dealing with serious moral issues. Carol Matas is an award-winning author of books for children and young adults. Tucson Jo is her 45th book.

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Foundational Thoughts in Judaism

- by Per Brask

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An important 20th-century religious-philosophical work, now available in English for the first time, translated from the Danish by Per K. Brask.

What does Judaism say about free will, suffering, good and evil, sin, responsibility, righteousness? Andreas Simonsen explains where Judaism stands on these and other complex moral issues, while tackling the contradictions, confusions and paradoxes inherent in Judaism’s fundamental tenets. Christians and Jews, believers and non-believers, alike, will find Simonsen’s insights fascinating and enlightening.

Danish thinker Andreas Simonsen (1923-1991) published over a dozen books in this lifetime, primarily on ethics, humanism and religious thought – all of them in Danish, until this first English translation by Per K. Brask.

Brask is an accomplished dramaturge and author who has published poetry, plays, short stories, essays and literary translations. He also teaches acting, playwriting, directing, theatre aesthetics and play analysis at the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Winnipeg.

Tucson Jo

- by Carol Matas

Trade Paperback $16.99 - Add to Cart

Feisty fourteen-year-old Josephine Fiedler is reluctant to support her father’s bid for mayor of Tucson in 1882: “I could be sealing my fate, helping to elect someone who wants nothing more than my docility.” With a mind of her own, Jo is in constant conflict with her father and demands nothing less than the freedom he promised after uprooting the family from “civilized” Boston to the Wild West of Arizona because of his health. When violence erupts during the election campaign and her father’s opponent attacks him for being an Israelite, Jo has to reconsider her position and even what it means to be a Jew. Inspired by Tucson’s first Jewish mayor, Tucson Jo is packed with action and derring-do, shootouts and holdups, while dealing with serious moral issues.

Carol Matas is an award-winning author of more than 40 books for children and young adults. Tucson Jo is her 45th book.