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Books & Biscotti: AuthorTalk with Dr. Janna Nadler and Amanda Peters

Thursday, April 18, 2024 10 Nisan 5784

1:00 PM - 2:30 PMOnline via Zoom

Temple Emanu-El presents an AuthorTalk special event: The Berry Pickers.
Dr. Janna Nadler in conversation with Amanda Peters.

This program was rescheduled from April 11 to April 18.
If you registered for April 11, you DO NOT need to register again.

Books & Biscotti is delighted to welcome our esteemed book reviewer and moderator, Dr. Janna Nadler, and brilliant author, Amanda Peters, for a discussion of Amanda’s debut novel, The Berry Pickers.  
This talented dynamic duo will present a much anticipated program addition
we have brought back due to popular demand.

Janna will introduce the novel, moderate a discussion of the novel,
provide a Q&A with Amanda, and present concluding remarks.

Registration is closed.
This review will be offered online via Zoom (not in-person).

Free for Temple Members | $15 for guests
Zoom link and password will be emailed after you register


Synopsis: The Berry Pickers

A four-year-old girl goes missing from the blueberry fields of Maine, sparking a tragic mystery that remains unsolved for nearly fifty years.
July 1962. A Mi’kmaq family from Nova Scotia arrives in Maine to pick blueberries for the summer. Weeks later, four-year-old Ruthie, the family’s youngest child, is seen sitting on her favourite rock at the edge of a field before mysteriously vanishing. Her six-year-old brother, Joe, who was the last person to see Ruthie, is devastated by his sister’s disappearance, and her loss ripples through his life for years to come.
In Maine, a young girl named Norma grows up as an only child in an affluent family. Her father is emotionally distant, while her mother is overprotective of Norma, who is often troubled by recurring dreams and visions that seem to be too real to be her imagination. As she grows older, Norma senses there is something that her parents aren’t telling her. Unwilling to abandon her intuition, she pursues her family’s secret  for decades.
A stunning debut novel, The Berry Pickers is a riveting story about the search for truth, the shadow of trauma, and the persistence of love across time.

From Amazon

For more information on the book and the author, please CLICK HERE to visit the publisher's website (Harper Collins Canada).

About the Author
Amanda Peters is a writer of Mi’kmaq and settler ancestry. Her work has appeared in the Antigonish Review, Grain Magazine, the Alaska Quarterly Review, the Dalhousie Review and Filling Station Magazine. She is the winner of the 2021 Indigenous Voices Award for Unpublished Prose and a participant in the 2021 Writer’s Trust Rising Stars program. A graduate of the Master of Fine Arts Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Amanda Peters has a Certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. She lives in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia with her fur babies, Holly and Pock.

About your Speaker
Dr. Janna Nadler has a B.Ed. and a Ph.D. in English Literature and has taught courses in Canadian Literature, Canadian Studies, and Children’s Literature for the University of Toronto and McMaster University. Janna has been facilitating BookTalks for over 20 years. As the director of JannaReads, Janna enjoys giving BookTalks and moderating AuthorTalks at events big and small, far and wide, where there are no exams and no grades—just good reading and great discussion. Janna also teaches senior high school English at a private High School in Toronto. In her “spare time” (ha!) Janna loves spending time with her husband and three children, and taking walks with her puppy Bagel, while listening to audiobooks on double-time.
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