Join author Rebecca Rosenblum of These Days Are Numbered at the Toronto International Fesitval of Authors for a conversation with Elizabeth Ruth.
Whether due to pandemics or major ice storms, Torontonians know what it’s like to be locked down, locked in, and left staring out at a wider world they’re barred from joining. Rebecca Rosenblum’s These Days Are Numbered is a love letter to community as well as the joy and compassion that can be found even amidst the most stressful of circumstances. Elizabeth Ruth’s Semi-Detached – part love story, part ghost story, part murder mystery – explores where and in whom we house our love and our yearning. Come shelter with us as we explore these fiercely compelling novels.
This event will be followed by a book signing.
For more information please visit: https://festivalofauthors.ca/event/diaspora-dialogues-sheltering/
These Days Are Numbered by Rebecca Rosenblum
The diary of a woman longing for community in a crowded downtown in pandemic times, when casual intimacies are forbidden.
Novelist Rebecca Rosenblum lives in St. James Town, Toronto — the most densely populated square kilometre in all of Canada. When the Covid-19 pandemic and ensuing lockdowns arrive, she’s cut off from colleagues, friends, and family, and not allowed to go near neighbours. As the world constricts, Rebecca keeps a weird and worried diary online — a love letter both to the outside world that she misses so desperately, and the little world inside St. James Town that she can see from home.
As Rebecca watches and wonders from inside her box in the sky, her diary entries mix an account of a tough time in a tough place with joyful goofiness and moments of unexpected compassion.