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Joseph Kertes & Terry Fallis

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The Koffler's Books & Ideas Series presents the launch of Joseph Kertes' new novel Last Impressions, in conversation with Terry Fallis

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Co-presented by Penguin Random House Canada Ltd.

The launch of award-winning fiction writer Joseph Kertes’ Last Impressions, a deeply moving yet comic novel that revels in the energy of its extraordinary characters. At the centre is Zoltan Beck, an aging Jewish-Canadian patriarch who has done his best to hide the trauma of his refugee past from his beloved children. Set in both mid-20th century Hungary and contemporary Toronto, Last Impressions is a story of lost love and newfound connections, of a father and his sons desperately reaching out to bridge an ever-widening gap... even as their time together ebbs away.

In conversation with award-winning writer and humourist Terry Fallis, author of The Best Laid Plans, The High Road, and Albatross.

Joseph Kertes was born in Hungary, but escaped with his family to Canada after the revolution of 1956. Kertes founded Humber College’s creative writing and comedy programs. He was until recently Humber’s Dean of Creative and Performing Arts and is a recipient of numerous awards for teaching and innovation. His first novel, Winter Tulips, won the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. Boardwalk, his second novel, and two children’s books, The Gift and The Red Corduroy Shirt, met with critical acclaim. His novel, Gratitude, won a Canadian Jewish Book Award and the U.S. National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. Kertes’s last novel was called The Afterlife of Stars. It was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. He won the Harbourfront Festival Prize 2017.

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ABOUT BOOKS & IDEAS

Koffler Centre of the Arts’ Books & Ideas series spotlights provocative writers, artists and thinkers, celebrating literary excellence and fostering critical dialogue through compelling book launches, author talks and on-stage interviews. With a thematic focus on counter-narratives, the series features books that employ fiction, memoir, and photography as tools of resistance.

The 2020 Books & Ideas series foreground authors and books that explore the complexities of gender, race, sexuality and the diasporic experience. Full details on upcoming 2020 series are coming soon.

Books & Ideas presented in partnership with Ben McNally Books. With generous support from Dorothy Shoichet & Family, the Estate of Joseph Koenig, the Koffler Family Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council and CIBC Wood Gundy.

Books & Ideas Media Partner, the Toronto Star.

Photo Credit: Marco Lappano.

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