Koffler Centre of the Arts is Canada’s only multidisciplinary, contemporary Jewish cultural institution presenting programs and exhibitions across the GTA with the goal of fostering mutual understanding and reaching diverse audiences. Koffler joins with the IFOA again this year to host an event featuring first-time Jewish novelist Shani Boianjiu. A former soldier in the Israel Defence Forces, Boianjiu draws on her own experience in her riveting debut, The People of Forever Are Not Afraid, which follows a group of young women coming of age in the military. Boianjiu will be interviewed by award-winning writer and filmmaker David Bezmozgis. Hosted by Valentine Moreno.
This event is part of Brave New Word, a Festival focus on young and emerging authors from Canada and abroad.
Shani Boianjiu was chosen by author Nicole Krauss as one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” award winners. At the age of 18, she entered the Israel Defence Forces, and at 26, she is one of the youngest writers on Random House of Canada’s prestigious Bond Street Books list. Boianjiu will present her debut novel, The People of Forever Are Not Afraid, about young women in the Israel Defence Forces. Constantly preparing for a moment that may never arrive, they are perpetually waiting—for womanhood, orders, war, peace.
Valentine Moreno is a Toronto-based curator and artist. She has a B.A. in Photography from Senac University and a M.A. in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. Moreno previously worked as Campaign Coordinator and Curatorial Administrative Assistant in the Canadian Art Department at the AGO. She joined the Koffler Centre of the Arts in 2012 as Curator of Multidisciplinary Programs. She has restructured the traditional Toronto Jewish Book fair into a year-round literary series (Koffler Reads) and manages the Annual Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Awards.