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Book Launch — Imprint: A Memoir of Trauma in the Third Generation

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Announcing the Vancouver launch of Imprint: A Memoir of Trauma in the Third Generation by Claire Sicherman! Please RSVP above.

“This thoughtful book is a powerful and helpful read for anyone dealing with the consequences of a painful past. The author’s quest suggests the possibility of transforming the dark cloud of torment into a life imbued with purpose and meaning”
—Robert Krell, MD, Founding President, Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre


Join us at Temple Sholom (7190 Oak St.) on Sunday, February 4th, 2018, at 7 PM. Admission is free. Please RSVP. All welcome. Books available for sale and signing. Send questions to michaeld@caitlin-press.com.


When her son almost died at birth and her grandmother passed away, something inside of Claire Sicherman snapped. Her body, which had always felt weighed down by unknown hurt, suddenly suffered from chronic health conditions, and her heart felt cleaved in two. Her grief was so large it seemed to encompass more than her own lifetime, and she became determined to find out why.

Sicherman grew up reading Anne Frank and watching Schindler’s List with almost no knowledge of the Holocaust’s impact on her specific family. Though most of her ancestors were murdered in the Holocaust, Sicherman’s grandparents didn’t talk about their trauma and her mother grew up in Communist Czechoslovakia completely unaware she was even Jewish. Now a mother herself, Sicherman uses vignettes, epistolary style, and other unconventional forms to explore the intergenerational transmission of trauma, about the fact that genes can be altered and carry memories, which are then passed down-a genetic imprinting.

With astounding grace and strength, Sicherman weaves together a story that not only honours her ancestors but offers the truth to the next generation and her now nine-year-old son. A testimony of the connections between mind and body, the past and the present, Imprint is devastatingly beautiful-ultimately a story of love and survival.


Claire Sicherman is a graduate of the creative non-fiction program at The Humber School for Writers. Her work has appeared in the anthology Sustenance: Writers from B.C. and Beyond on the Subject of Food, and on Zathom.com. She lives with her husband and son on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.

Dr. Abby Wener Herlin is an instructor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education. She is a published academic and poet whose poetry has most recently been featured in the Sustenance anthology and academic work in Gender and Education. She is of the third generation and a close friend of Claire Sicherman.

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