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Beth Kaplan

Beth was born in New York City and grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia with a few childhood years in London and Paris. She spent her twenties as a professional actress, mostly in Vancouver, and in 1980 left the stage to have her first child and begin the MFA program in Creative Writing at UBC. She delivered her thesis, a biography of her once-famous great-grandfather, the day before her second child was born. After receiving the degree she continued research on her relative, while raising two children as a single mother in Toronto, and teaching creative non-fiction and memoir writing at Ryerson University. She has published scores of personal essays in the "Globe" and other newspapers and magazines and has regularly read her own work on CBC radio. Her book, "Finding the Jewish Shakespeare: the Life and Legacy of Jacob Gordin," was published in the spring of 2007, twenty-five years after she began it.

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winner, Canadian Jewish Playwriting Award, 1994
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