In a Land Without Dogs, The Cats Learn to Bark: Jonathan Garfinkel

Jonathan Garfinkel and Helen Walsh

In a Land Without Dogs, The Cats Learn to Bark: Jonathan Garfinkel

Jonathan Garfinkel and Helen Walsh

2:30pm

Saturday, June 3, 2023

Award-winning poet, playwright and author Jonathan Garfinkel joins the MOTIVE stage with author Helen Walsh to present his wildly ambitious and darkly funny debut novel, In a Land Without Dogs, The Cats Learn to Bark. Probing the fractured nature of identity, the necessity of lies, and the bloody legacy of the Soviet Empire, the novel spans generations, continents and cultures. Hear more about how Garfinkel crafted this electric tale about a nation trying to emerge from the shadow of the Soviet Union to embrace Western democracy. With exhilarating prose in line with his trademark genre-bending style, Garfinkel delivers a story that questions the price of freedom and laughs at the answer.

Moderator: Helen Walsh

Event Info:
Date & Time: June 3 at 2:30pm ET
Where: Brigantine Room in Harbourfront Centre’s main building
Duration: 60 minutes
Available with a MOTIVE Day or 3-Day Pass
*This event will be followed by a book signing

Conversation

Award-winning poet, playwright and author Jonathan Garfinkel joins the MOTIVE stage with author Helen Walsh to present his wildly ambitious and darkly funny debut novel, In a Land Without Dogs, The Cats Learn to Bark. Probing the fractured nature of identity, the necessity of lies, and the bloody legacy of the Soviet Empire, the novel spans generations, continents and cultures. Hear more about how Garfinkel crafted this electric tale about a nation trying to emerge from the shadow of the Soviet Union to embrace Western democracy. With exhilarating prose in line with his trademark genre-bending style, Garfinkel delivers a story that questions the price of freedom and laughs at the answer.

Moderator: Helen Walsh

Event Info:
Date & Time: June 3 at 2:30pm ET
Where: Brigantine Room in Harbourfront Centre’s main building
Duration: 60 minutes
Available with a MOTIVE Day or 3-Day Pass
*This event will be followed by a book signing

Conversation

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Jonathan Garfinkel is an award-winning author. His plays include Cockroach, House of Many Tongues and The Trials of John Demjanjuk: A Holocaust Cabaret. He has published the poetry collection Glass Psalms, chapbook Bociany and memoir Ambivalence: Crossing the Israel/Palestine Divide. His non-fiction has appeared in the Walrus, Tablet, the Globe and Mail, PEN International and more. Named by the Toronto Star as “one to watch,” Garfinkel is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Alberta, where he is writing a memoir about life with type 1 diabetes, and the revolutionary open-source Loop artificial pancreas system. He lives in Berlin and Toronto.

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Helen Walsh is the founder and president of Diaspora Dialogues, Canada's premier literary mentoring organization. Formerly the publisher of the Literary Review of Canada and a founding director of Spur, a national festival of politics, arts, and ideas, Walsh spent five years working as a film/digital media producer in L.A. and New York. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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2:30pm

Saturday, June 3

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