You are invited to the book launch for

   One Foot in America

         by Yuri Suhl

Published by Now and Then Books


Sunday May 29, 2011


Workmen’s Circle Centre
471 Lawrence Ave W.

No Reservations.                       Refreshments




Originally published in 1950, Suhl’s autobiographical novel depicts the author’s experience as a young Jewish immigrant coming to America. Told with warmth, humour and Yiddish flavour, One Foot in America is a coming-of-age tale that paints a vivid picture of what life was like in many North American cities in the 1920s and 1930s. In the opinion of Bill Gladstone, the book publisher, “One Foot in America is a forgotten classic of Jewish immigrant fiction. “. Reviewers loved the novel when it first came out and believed that it would have a universal appeal, but it would be particularly relished by every Jew who grew up in an American home where the parents spoke Yiddish while the children answered in English.

Bill Gladstone, will discuss this book and two to three other classics from this genre. With the aid of a slide show, he will also depict the Jewish immigrant experience, both in Brooklyn and in Toronto in the 1920s.

Bill is a writer, editor, publisher and genealogist who has published several books and numerous short stories.  He is a weekly columnist for the Canadian Jewish News and an occasional contributor to the Globe and Mail and many other publications.  In 2008 he founded a publishing house, Now and Then Books. Bill is a past president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto and the book review editor of Avotaynu, the international journal of Jewish genealogy based in New Jersey. He gives frequent lectures and workshops related to Jewish genealogy and the history of the Jewish community in Toronto.

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