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Sid Tafler is a career professional writer, author of Us and Them: A Memoir of Tribes and Tribulations and more than 3,000 articles published in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. He has won a dozen writing prizes, including a Western Magazine Award for an article about a 10,000-year old Caucasoid skeleton uncovered in Washington State. He has also worked as a publicist, an editor, a playwright and a writing instructor. Tafler has edited and contributed to several other books, including The Uncooling of America (William Morrow), Child Growth and Development (Dushkin/McGraw Hill) and The Encyclopedia of British Columbia (Harbour Publishing). As a journalist, he has written for more than 50 publications as a contributor or columnist, including The Globe and Mail, National Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Maclean’s and Report on Business Magazine.
His next book, Great Bear Mountain, is a novel about the meeting of two human species in France 30,000 years ago, and the choices they must make between love and acceptance or hatred and war.
on Nov. 16, 2013 :
Like Martin Luther King, Sid Tafler has a dream – a dream that people of different backgrounds will coexist and find solutions together, “not tighten the circle around their own group to exclude outsiders.” His memoir, “Us and Them: A Memoir of Tribes and Tribulations,” explores the concept of tribes, that is, of Us - our own group, and Them - everyone else.
In his memoirs, Tafler tells his story of Us and Them beginning with his birth in Montreal and life as a Jewish anglophone living as a minority within a minority among Catholic francophones. He spent over a year in Israel in his youth, and again felt different as a Canadian among Israelis. When he moved to Calgary in the mid-1970s, he lived as everyman in a city where a person’s background did not matter. With a move to Victoria, he re-discovered Jewish traditions and realized that he could be both everyman and Jewish at the same time, integrating all his identities. His book ends with his visits to First Nation communities on the west coast, where he celebrated native traditions.
Tafler brings his skills as journalist to create a compelling memoir in which the life of an individual is set within the world at large. Now available as an EBook, “Us and Them” is an inspiring read that teaches us how to integrate our longing to be accepted within our tribe with our role as citizens of the world.
(reviewed long after purchase)