Some highlights from past events


Word Vancouver, Reading & Writing Festival

UBC Robson Square, Fall 2023

Talk, Ukrainian Conflict

Or Shalom, BC. 2023

Reading, Book Club

Sunshiene Coast, BC. 2020

Jewish Book Festival 2015





MARINA SONKINA / Expulsion and Other Stories

Monday Nov 23  5:30-6:30pm



Expulsion & Other Stories consists of two parts: a novella followed by a group of short stories. But the main protagonists have one thing in common: they are all women coming of age in difficult times. In the short stories, set in post-Stalinist Russia, the women are confronted by dictatorship's mundane face - a minor bureaucrat, a school teacher, a doctor. Nobody spells out the rules of survival to the young girls and women, yet each learns to play - or pays the price, that of facing “expulsion”. The novella “Face” shares a similar motif of expulsion but takes the reader to a different place - the urban sprawl and property greed of modern Vancouver.


A former professor of Russian literature at Moscow State University, writer and scholar  Marina Sonkina now lives in Vancouver and shares her time between teaching at SFU and UBC and writing, tango dancing and taking her students to culture trips to Russia. She has published four collections of short stories as well as a short novel and 2 children's books.

Book Launch, Comrade Stalin's Baby Tooth

MW Books, Vancouver

Book Launch, Lucia's Eyes and Other Stories

Guernica Edtions, Toronto


Tango and Words: reading from Lucia's Eyes and other stories

Vancouver Public Library, Central branch


This one was real fun with over 70 people in attendance. Members of the Vancouver Tango community were on hand to give a tango demonstration (including yours truly) and I shared the Christmas Tango story from my book, Lucia's Eyes.



Chapters, Langley, BC

Reading at Sweet Water Bistro

Gibsons, BC

Sunshine Coast Writers' Book Reading was organized at the Sweet Water Bistro, Gibsons, BC

Here I am reading from my book Runic Alphabet (on the left the author Andreas Schroeder)


Celebration of SFU writers

Simon Fraser University, 2012

Over 200 writers associated with SFU were honoured during this event. All the books were on display - a great occasion for all of us writers and librarians to meet.


Book reading and signing,

Vancouver Public Library, Central branch

This was a very well attended evening. Books were sold and signed and books were ordered by the library for their circulation. Mark Dwor, Chairman, Canadian Academy of Independent Scholars introduced the event.

Jewish Book Festival 2012 Tractorina's Travels


A major annual event presenting about 20 writers and their books in readings, seminars and discussions. The discussion was together with the writer Rhea Tregebov and the host for the session was| Nancy Richler.


Nancy Richler (left), Rhea Tregebov (centre).



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