Sunday, February 9, 2020

Gila Green coming to Toronto on her book tour ~ and she's signed a new book deal

Canadian-Israeli author Gila Green will be visiting Toronto on her book tour to promote her latest novels, White Zion {for adults} and No Entry {for young people}. White Zion is Gilla's third novel for adults; the previous two were King of the Class and Passport Control. Read "Sensitivity Reading," an interesting essay about her experience publishing Passport Control, here.
In Toronto, Gila will be appearing…
Tuesday, Feb 18;  7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
at Israel’s The Judaica Centre
441 Clark Ave W, Thornhill (map here)
Presented by Na’amat Canada….
Wednesday, Feb 19;  7:30 p.m.
at the Borochov Cultural Centre
272 Codsell Avenue, North York (map here)

She’ll also be visiting my Friday morning Intensive class in Toronto on Feb 14. ~Brian

In a series of short stories, White Zion follows one family from Yemen to Mandate Palestine to Canada and modern Israel and is an effort to expand Jewish literature to include more Sephardi voices. It explores immigration, alienation, racism, sexism all against a backdrop of war.
It’s available from Amazon here.

No Entry is a young adult environmental novel. It has a Canadian teen heroine who takes on a dangerous poaching ring in South Africa's Kruger National Park. It's the first in a series, and Gila is working on the sequel titled The Drone Zone right now. 
She's writing the series as an effort to increase awareness of the dangers of elephant extinction and the ivory trade, which is still very much in demand.
No Entry  is available from StormBird Press here.

Recently, Gila signed a contract with Black Heron Press in the U.S. for her new YA/adult crossover novel A Prayer Apart. 
A Prayer Apart is told through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Yehudah Fishloff, who runs away from a juvenile rehabilitation school during the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas and finds himself no freer than he was when he was locked up. Yehudah rejects his parents' conservative lifestyle, preferring to live in the moment and enjoy life 24/7. He's in with the wrong crowd and admires all the wrong kids, which attracts increasingly more trouble.
To his horror, his latest arrest lands him right back in the school he escaped from under more severe restrictions. His dangerously depressed roommate tries to kill himself, his beloved sister betrays him, and the one person he can stomach on campus is drafted to the front line. 
Will Yehudah run away again? His old friends haven't let him go, not even in lockdown, and they're planning his next break out. Will he figure out a way to be true to himself without bowing to his father and ending up in real juvenile jail?
 A Prayer Apart explores the heavy burden Israeli teenagers carry knowing they're next in line for the front line, and offers a window into modern Israeli culture. Its release is scheduled for 2022. 

See Brian Henry’s schedule hereincluding writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Southampton, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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