Anne Dublin, the award-winning author of books for children and teens, is nothing if not prolific. Her works have included biographies on Toronto social activist June Callwood, Montreal Jewish athlete Bobbie Rosenfeld and Anne of Green Gables writer Lucy Maud Montgomery. She’s also written historical novels set in Hamburg in the early 18th century (The Baby Experiment), in Poland in 1937 (The Orphan Rescue), and in Toronto in 1954 (Written On The Wind, about Hurricane Hazel).
Dublin’s newest historical novel is Stealing Time (ages 10 and up), about young Jonah Wiley who steals an antique pocket watch and is hurled back in time with his stepbrother to Egypt, China, France and other places. The book launch is at Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst St., June 8, 1:30 p.m. Free admission.
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Davy The Punk: British Columbian Dave Bossin revisits Toronto’s gambling underworld of the 1930s and 1940s in a new musical show based on the life of his long-deceased outlaw father. Bossin knew his father only as a mild-mannered booking agent, but later learned from his associates and the police of his career as a gangster and gambler. Bossin’s Davy the Punk tells the story – first as a book (published this spring by Porcupine’s Quill), now as a stage musical at Innes Deluxe Theatre, 2 Sussex Ave. June 10 to 15, 8 p.m. www.davythepunk.com
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Names in the News: Ottawa professor-poet Seymour Mayne recently traveled to Romania where two of his books of word sonnets were released in a bilingual edition titled Auspicious Calligraphy: Word Sonnets. His book of short stories, The Old Blue Couch and Other Stories, was also reissued in Romanian translation.
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• An all-star klezmer band performs to raise funds for the Klezkanada Scholarship Fund. Oakdale Golf Club, June 8, 12 p.m., concert at 2 p.m. For details please email email@example.com
• Active 55+ presents Art Appreciation with art-history teacher Osnat Lippa, with a focus on Francis Bacon and Henry Moore – Postwar Perspectives on the Human Form. (These artists are currently on exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario.) Pre-register $20, or $12 per session at the door. Miles Nadal JCC, Tuesdays June 10 and 17, 1 to 2:30 p.m. 416-924-6211, ext. 0.
• Singer Gillian Stecyk presents Arias & Anecdotes, an “afternoon at the opera” featuring an array of arias and fascinating historical anecdotes about the operas and their composers, with selected choruses sung by the MNJCC’s Daytime Choir. Miles Nadal JCC, June 11, 1:30, $4 drop-in. 416-924-6211, ext. 154.
Arts in Brief
• Holocaust survivor Sidney Zoltak returns to his childhood town of Siemiatycze, Poland and is reunited with members of the Krinsky family who provided underground shelter for 14 months; then he joins thousands of people on the March for the Living. It’s all part of a broadcast to air on CBC’s The National on June 4; it should also be online. www.marchoftheliving.org
• The 2014 Luminato Festival features many theatre, dance, music, film and other arts events. Runs June 5 to 16 at venues around town. www.luminatofestival.com
• Critic Adam Nayman continues his series on the films of David Lynch with a look at The Straight Story. Miles Nadal JCC, June 9, 7 to 9 p.m. $12 drop-in, students $6.
At the Galleries: Philip Baldwin and Monica Guggisberg are the artists behind Amphores Boats and Journeys: New Work 2014, an exhibition at the Sandra Ainsley Gallery Warehouse, 100 Sunrise Ave.,
Unit 150, until June 20. 416-214-9490, www.sandraainsleygallery.com
Out of Town: The Esther Diaries, a new song cycle by Canadian composer Haralobos Stafylakis, focuses on the story of the Scroll of Esther (Magillat Esther) as a sort of “psychological thriller, with Esther as its powerful heroine.” Featuring soprano Sharon Azrieli Perez, dancer Roger Sinha, and the McGill Chamber Orchestra conducted by Boris Brott. Maison Symphonique, Montreal, June 10,
7:30 p.m. www.ocm-mco.org