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Cynthia Good is a former president and publisher of Penguin Books. Following 20 years there, she became director of the Creative Book Publishing program at Humber College where she received an award for excellence in teaching and was named Professor Emerita. Today Cynthia continues to lead workshops on publishing, heads the Holy Blossom Centre for Contemporary Jewish Literature and facilitates many Jewish book clubs.


Bach and Anti-Semitism

Cynthia Good

It is a fact that some of Bach’s cantatas contain anti-Semitic sentiments. This is explored in And After the Fire - a fascinating novel by Lauren Belfer where she fictionalizes the provenance of a Bach cantata and its history to the present day. In this compelling session, Cynthia Good leads a discussion on the novel, the role of women musicians in the 1800’s and the thorny issue of separating the artist from the art.

Note: For this session, it helpful - but not a requirement - to have read the novel And After the Fire.





May 31


10:00 - 11:00 AM




Bernard Betel Centre

1003 Steeles Avenue West

This event presented in partnership with the Association for Jewish

Libraries in Ontario





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