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Dramatizing the Intrigue of History – Author Talk with Daniel Kalla

The fourth event of the day’s festival was Vancouverite Daniel Kalla (emergency room doctor and author of Pandemic and Resistance) speaking about writing and his latest novel The Far Side of the Sky.

Daniel Kalla began his talk by setting out the history of how Jewish people from Austria escaped to Shanghai after the Anschluss. At the time Shanghai was “the Las Vegas of Asia” because of its status as a treaty city that had been invaded by Japan (apart from the international settlement and French concession).

Kalla read an emotionally charged section of his novel from before the Adler family fled. The reading featured Adolf Eichmann blithely discussing his fear for the safety of the Jewish people after Kristallnacht, so Adler would have to leave the Reich or be sent to Dachau.

When he turned it over to questions, people asked technical writing questions about weaving in exposition, and how many times he had to submit manuscripts, but also questions about history. He talked about the era and the setting, and how the relationships between different ethnic groups worked. The key to historical fiction is to sound authentic, he said, and yes he takes a certain amount of license with facts.

Kalla stressed how his story is not a traditional Holocaust tragedy: “There were extremes of evil going on, but there were also extremes of decency.”

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Where to Check Out Festival Titles

With just under two weeks before the festival, now would be a fabulous time to brush up on our fantastic headlining authors’ books. Whether you want to power through all of them or get a group together to read one and discuss before the festival, the North Shore Writers Fest authors offer something for everyone. The following provides a list of the headlining authors’ most popular titles with links into each of the sponsoring librarys’ catalogues (where you can find descriptions and holdings info):

North Vancouver City Library:

Marina Endicott’s The Little Shadows , Good to a Fault¬†and Open Arms

Anita Rau Badami’s Tell it to the Trees, The Hero’s Walk and Tamarind Mem

Daniel Kalla’s The Far Side of the Sky, Pandemic and Resistance

North Vancouver District Public Library:

Marina Endicott’s The Little Shadows, Good to a Fault and Open Arms

Anita Rau Badami’s Tell it to the Trees, The Hero’s Walk and Tamarind Mem

Daniel Kalla’s The Far Side of the Sky, Pandemic and Resistance

West Vancouver Memorial Library:

Marina Endicott’s The Little Shadows, Good to a Fault and Open Arms

Anita Rau Badami’s Tell it to the Trees, The Hero’s Walk and Tamarind Mem

Daniel Kalla’s The Far Side of the Sky, Pandemic and Resistance