February 3rd 2020 We welcome Aren X. Tulchinsky who will read from his award-winning novel, The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky, a novel set in 1930’s / 40’s Toronto, discusses the unique challenges of writing historical fiction in relation to past work and his new novel-in-progress, which is set in Berlin before and during World War II.


Aren X. Tulchinsky (he/him), the writer formerly known as Karen X. Tulchinsky, is a novelist, screenwriter, video editor and film director. He is the author of The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky, which won the One Book One Vancouver Prize and was a Toronto Book Award finalist. The San Francisco Bay Reporter named his first novel Love Ruins Everything a Top Ten Book. In Her Nature was awarded the Vancity Book Prize. Aren is a writing mentor with Vancouver Manuscript Intensive and also works independently as a writing mentor and coach. In addition to his writing career, Aren also works as a video editor and writer for television series, including the critically acclaimed documentary, Queen of the Oil Patch which airs on APTN (Aborignal People’s Network). Tulchinsky is the director of Ms. Thing, a short film which has screened in over 50 international film festivals and won Audience Choice Award at QueerFruits Australia. Tulchinsky lives and works in Vancouver and respectfully acknowledges that the land is the traditional, unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ / sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Coast Salish peoples.