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An Evening with Rhea Tregebov

Tuesday Jun 18 2019 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium

In conversation with Joan Thomas and signing Rue des Rosiers (Coteau Books).

This event co-presented by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of our collaborative Spring Literary Series.

Sarah is the youngest of the three Levine sisters. At twenty-five, she is rudderless, caught in a paralysis which keeps her from seizing her own life. When Sarah is fired from her Toronto job, a chance stay in Paris opens her up to new direction and purpose. But when she reads the writing on the wall above her local Métro subway station, death to the Jews, shadows from childhood rise again. And as her path crosses that of Laila, a young woman living in exile, Sarah stumbles towards to an act of terrorism that may realize her childhood fears.

Rhea Tregebov’s first novel, The Knife Sharpener’s Bell, published by Coteau Books, won the J.I Segal Award of English Fiction and Poetry, and was listed in the Globe and Mail’s top 100 books of the year. Now a Professor Emerita at UBC, Rhea continues to live and write in Vancouver.

Host Joan Thomas is a Winnipeg writer whose third novel, The Opening Sky, won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award in 2014. Her work has been nominated for the ScotiaBank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, and the IMPAC Dublin Award. Thomas was the 2014 recipient of the Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Prize for mid-career achievement. Her new novel, Five Wives, will be published in September.

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Rue des Rosiers

- Rhea Tregebov

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Sarah is the youngest of the three Levine sisters. At twenty-five, she is rudderless, caught in a paralysis which keeps her from seizing her own life.When Sarah is fired from her Toronto job, a chance stay in Paris opens her up to new direction and purpose.

But when she reads the writing on the wall above her local Métro subway station, "death to the Jews", shadows from childhood rise again. And as her path crosses that of Laila, a young woman living in an exile remote from the luxuries of 1980s Paris, Sarah stumbles towards to an act of terrorism that may realize her childhood fears.In this new novel by the author ofThe Knife Sharpener's Bell, writing that is both sensual and taut creates a tightly woven, compelling narrative.

The Knife Sharpener's Bell

- Rhea Tregebov

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Ten-year old Annette Gershon is content enough growing up in her father's delicatessen on Main Street Winnipeg, but for immigrant families scratching out a living in the Dirty Thirties, even subsistence is a delicate balance, easily upset. Everything changes when her parents decide to take the family "home" to the Soviet Union to escape the devastation of the collapsing capitalist economy.

Annette struggles to maintain her sense of who she is, first adapting to her life in Stalinist Odessa, then fleeing to Moscow, ahead of the Nazi occupation. But it is in the post-war years that her identity, and her very life, are threatened by the anti-Semitism of Stalinism's final years.

The Knife Sharpener's Bell is the story of a girl who tried to stop a train, but finds herself on the runaway train of historical events. It is a story about loyalty and betrayal, heroism and fear. What is most memorable is the empathy we feel for these characters who must make their way through some of the twentieth century's most tumultuous events.

The writing is infused with a poet's sensitivities to rhythm, image, and linguistic energy, yet it is also beautifully restrained--each image and each gorgeous observation is there for a reason; the entire story hums with the tension that arises from the taut, athletic language.