The JFT Library Book Club – Memoirs of a Polar Bear with The European Book Club

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February 20th, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm EST

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JFT Book Club Special Edition with The European Book Club

On Thursday February 20, 2020, the JFT Book Club will join the European Book Club and discuss Memoirs of a Polar Bear by Yoko Tawada.

Memoirs of a Polar Bear stars three generations of talented writers and performers. Famous stars of the literary world, the circus, and the zoo, they happen to be polar bears who move human society. In part one, the matriarch, enjoying “the intimacy of being alone with my pen,” accidentally writes a bestselling autobiography in the Soviet Union. In part two, her daughter Tosca moves to East Germany and pioneers a thrilling circus act. And Tosca’s son – the last of their line – is Knut, born in part three and raised by a human keeper in relatively happy circumstances in the Berlin zoo.

Yoko Tawada was born in Tokyo in 1960, moved to Hamburg when she was twenty-two, and then to Berlin in 2006. She writes in both Japanese and German, and has published several books – stories, novels, poems, plays, essays – in both languages. She has received numerous awards.

Thursday, February 20, 2020 [6:30 pm – 7:30 pm]


Please call at 416-966-2935 or email the library at to reserve your seat.
Please be aware that space may be limited.

Thank you for participating!

Previous Book Clubs

The Little House – December 12, 2019

Mystery Book Club – October 10, 2019

Movies and Books – August 8, 2019

Books and Tea – June 6, 2019


February 20th, 2020 @ 6:30 pm
February 20th, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
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The European Book Club
The Japan Foundation, Toronto


The Goethe-Institut Toronto
100 University Avenue, Suite 201
Toronto, ON M5J 1V6 Canada
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