The Crate: Author Talk with Deborah Levison
TC Jewfolk invites our community to a virtual author talk with Debbie Levison, whose multi-award-winning debut The Crate confers an intimate account of a gruesome crime that involved her family of Holocaust survivors.
In 2010, Debbie’s brother discovered a wooden crate, nailed tightly shut and hidden underneath their family cottage in northern Canada. They were not prepared for the horrific contents of the crate; it turned out to contain the remains of a young mother, brutally murdered. The discovery traumatized her family, especially her fragile parents: it dredged up their memories of the Holocaust – of surviving concentration camps, cattle cars, death marches – and forced them to confront violence yet again. Evil in the past and evil in the present converge in the narrative. The themes are relevant now more than ever: of hatred, violence, and anti-Semitism.
The Crate received seven literary awards and has been called “heart wrenching,” “lyrical and poetic,” and “a brilliant story.” Most recently, The Jerusalem Post called it “exquisite.” The book can be purchased locally from Magers & Quinn, Once Upon a Crime, Next Chapter, Valley Bookseller, at Bookshop.org to benefit independent bookstores, or on Amazon.
We are very honored to have Debbie joining us in proximity to Yom HaShoah by sharing her family’s story. Her presentation is going to be something special.