A dentist by day, Dr. Harry Rajchgot spent more than 20 years writing his novel, and it was worth the wait. The day has finally come with his debut offering, Gravitational Fields. The writing began at the time his father became severely ill in 1994. It gives a fictional account of a family of Holocaust survivors struggling to overcome their past, based on the stories of many individuals and families who went through similar experiences.
The novel is historical fiction, a family epic that begins just before the German invasion of Poland in 1939, the event which resulted in the start of World War II. It is a fantastic read.
Dr. Rajchgot will host a reading on Thursday evening, Nov. 17 (7 p.m.) at the Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom (4100, rue Sherbrooke West) in Westmount. Copies will be available for sale. Come meet the author, hear energetic klezmer music, listen to a reading from the novel, hear thoughtful discussions of themes in the book, get your copy signed and eat some tasty treats. I am sure Harry will even check for cavities afterwards. Over the years he has also written the off-and-on humourous dental blog, 1001 Uses For Dental Floss. Last Friday night he was on CJAD with Natasha Hall while Mutsumi Takahashi had him in studio at CTV Monday.
CROHN’S COLITIS LECTURE: Crohn’s Colitis Canada will present its annual free educational seminar this Saturday, Nov. 5 (10 a.m. to Noon) at Ruby Foo’s Hotel on Décarie, with English and French streams. Dr. Louis Charles Rioux, a gastroenterologist at Hôpital Maisonneuve Rosemont, will discuss The Epidemiology of Crohn’s and Colitis in Quebec. Nutritionist Natalie Lavers will address the topic of Eating Well, Feeling Well with IBD. Kevin McHugh, the national medical manager at Abbvie Pharmaceuticals, will focus on IBD treatments: Past, Present and Future. You must call 1-800-461-4683 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
THE DISAPPEARANCE: There is a lot of action these days on the local television scene, with no less than five series being shot at the present time. This includes season four of the amazing cop drama 19-2, Real Detective 2, Bellevue, 21 Thunder and a mini-series that really intrigues me called The Disappearance. CTV and Super Écran, alongside award-winning Montreal-based Productions Casablanca and NBCUniversal International Studios, are putting this six-part limited-run event series together. Veteran actor Peter Coyote is in town as one of the leads. See my blog for more details.
COHEN CHATTER: If you want to check out a great art show then stop by Town of Mount Royal Hall (900 Roosevelt) Nov. 4 to Nov. 6 for TRAM (Table Ronde Sur L’Art de Mont-Royal). It kicks off with a vernissage Friday at 6:30 p.m. My former Grade 7 teacher Madame Bensoussan, aka Helene Mann, always sends me a friendly reminder.… There will be a session of the Wellness Series, sponsored by the Knights of Pythias, on Wed. Nov 2 (7:30 p.m.) at B‘nai Brith House (8000 Côte St. Luc Road) featuring podiatrist Dr. Alexandra Zorba. There is no charge…The ever so charismatic Professor Norman Cornett will speak at the opening night Nov. 10 (5 p.m. to 8 p.m.) of Homeira Mortazazo’s art exhibition “Femiscapes” at Centre d’art EK Voland (4170, rue St. Ambroise) in St. Henri. The show itself runs until Nov. 14. Info: www.cdedec.com…More news on the CHW Art Auction at the Kandy Gallery tonight. Artist Michael Litvack will have two paintings auctioned off, one of the old Libman Grocery store on Villeneuve Street.. Dr. Renée Joy Karp will be speaking at the Shaare Zedek Congregation (5305 Rosedale Avenue) on Sunday, Nov. 6 (9:30 a.m) about “Women in the Resistance,” dealing with the heroic efforts of many women of different faiths and nationalities to resist the Nazi invasion. There is no charge and you get a free breakfast.