Jewish Book Festival

Can't Deny the Muse
An Emergency Room Doctor, a Labor Lawyer, and a Clinical Psychiatrist Get Hooked on Writing

Dr. Dan Kalla
Cold Plague

Dr. Ron Charach
Cowboys & Bleeding Hearts
– Essays on Violence, Health and Identity
Israel Chafetz
Ben's Way Out

Host | Jerry Wasserman

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Each of these three panelists have highly demanding, fulfilling and lucrative careers, you’d think they have it all - so what compels them to write? Join in a frank and fascinating discussion with three very different personalities bound by a common Muse.

Dr. Dan Kalla spends his days as an Emergency Room physician at an urban teaching hospital in Vancouver. He is the author of four medical thrillers, two of which have been optioned for feature films and has nearly a million books in print in ten languages.

Kalla's well paced medical thriller has twists that surprise us, but always make sense.’
–Entertainment Weekly

Plenty of suspense and layering, the kind of scientific detail the fans of the medical thrillers crave. Recommended to fans of Robin Cook and other such A-listers…’ –Booklist

Dr. Ron Charach, winner of the Canadian Jewish Award for Poetry, has written nine books. Dr. Charach lives in Toronto where he is both a psychiatrist and a poet.

Beautifully written in a style that flows like water over a precipice, this is an excellent and provocative analysis of why and how we must change the way we approach violence in North America’ –Dr. James Orbinski, An Imperfect Offering: Humanitarian Action for the 21st Century.

Israel Chafetz is a partner in a Vancouver law firm. He has published short stories and articles for numerous journals, and gives lectures on the law.
In this humorous and thoughtful fiction debut, a young Jewish attorney considers his traditions and the ups and downs of life. Many readers will recognize a little of Ben Stein in their own lives, as he juggles his pioneering and conservative sides with comic results.

Jerry Wasserman is a Professor of English and Theatre at UBC. He has written and lectured
widely on Canadian theatre, modern fiction, dramatic literature, theatre history and music, and is editor of the anthology Modern Canadian Plays.

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