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Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks St.

Kiss the Red Stairs

with Marsha Lederman
Hosted by Danya Vered

Kiss the Red Stairs

with Marsha Lederman
Hosted by Danya Vered
Christ Church Cathedral
414 Sparks St.
Marsha Lederman

Join us for an evening with award-winning journalist Marsha Lederman in conversation on her bestselling memoir, Kiss the Red Stairs: The Holocaust, Once Removed.


Marsha was five when a simple question led to a horrifying answer. Sitting in her kitchen, she asked her mother why she didn’t have any grandparents. Her mother told her the truth: the Holocaust.


Decades later, her parents dead and herself a mother to a young son, Marsha begins to wonder how much history has shaped her own life. Reeling in the wake of a divorce, she craves her parents’ help. But in their absence, she is gripped by a need to understand the trauma they suffered, and she begins her own journey into the past to tell her family’s stories of loss and resilience.


Kiss the Red Stairs is a compelling memoir of Holocaust survival, intergenerational trauma, divorce, and discovery that will guide readers through several lifetimes of monumental change.


PLEASE NOTE: For the safety and comfort of all patrons, masks are required to attend in person.  


Most people coming by car park for free at the Supreme Court of Canada on Wellington St.


Ticket holders unable to attend in person can request access to the livestream. Livestream links will be sent about an hour prior and will remain active for 48 hours. Please email to request a link.


Books are available from our friends at Perfect Books.


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