In Other Words: A German Canadian Story
A Book Launch - Author: Norbert Ruebsaat

Date and Venue Saturday, October 7, 2017. 3 - 5pm | Studio 1398, 1398 Cartwright on Granville Island

Reviewer Nancie Ottem

The book launch of Norbert Ruebsaat’s In Other Words: A German Canadian Story was an intimate affair. It was an affirmation of family, close friends and book aficionados gathering to acknowledge one man’s journey toward adjusting to a new country, Canada. Kanada, an unfamiliar country with unfamiliar language and unfamiliar customs. Ruebsaat’s reading at the book launch centered on a six year old boy’s insights into learning a new language and adjusting to a new culture. His reading painted a picture of the thoughts, assumptions and confusions of a small boy trying to understand the country he now lived in. Using the experience of learning English with his “Dick and Jane” reader, Ruebsaat took the audience into his early years in Canada. His reading was both insightful and funny, as he reminisced with the audience about his family’s experiences adjusting to their life in Canada. Music was the touchstone through which his family navigated their adjustment into Canadian life. Ruebsaat spoke of the need for both truth and memoirs in order to create a good story. He spoke of the power of music as a means to learning a new language. He spoke of how languages affect our view of the world around us.
The stories of Canadian immigrants weave texture into our national culture. They weave strength into our national identity. Norbert Ruebsaat’s In Other Words: A German Canadian Story deepens our multicultural voice.

© 2017 Nancie Ottem