Born in Slovakia to Jewish parents in 1942, Andrew (Andrej) Karsai grew up in Czechoslovakia after he and his sister were rescued by a Christian family in 1944. He immigrated to Canada in 1968 to escape the Communist regime. With memories of Slovakia and the Holocaust, his 60 poems arise from immigrant experiences in Random Convergences (Self-published 2011). They accompany illustrations by Vancouver-born Janet Lee whose parents emigrated from Shanghai in 1948. They appeared at the Jewish Book Festival in 2011 with cellist Lei Hui Hua and guitarist David Yeung.

[BCBW 2021] Alan Twigg / HolocaustLit