York hosts musical book talk on lyrics of Leonard Cohen, Oct. 28

York University will host a musical book talk focused on the music and lyrics of singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building.

leonard cohen book talkPresented by York’s Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies, the J. Richard Shiff Chair for the Study of Canadian Jewry and the Department of Music, “Listening to the Lyricism of Leonard Cohen” will feature Rabbi Aubrey Glazer, Professor Sundar Viswanathan, David Wall and Aaron Lightstone.

Glazer’s insights on the spiritual and mystical threads of Leonard Cohen’s lyrics will be punctuated by live musical renditions of the great Canadian Jewish bard’s songbook. Glazer’s book, Tangle of Matter & Ghost: Leonard Cohen’s Post-Secular Songbook of Mysticism(s) Jewish & Beyond, published by Academic Studies Press (2016), will be available for purchase and signing.

Glazer is a native of Toronto, and recently joined Shaare Zion Congregation in Montreal as senior rabbi. He has a PhD in Hebrew hermeneutics (University of Toronto), a master’s in Jewish philosophy and a BA in French language and literature.

Admission is free but seats are limited. Tickets are available online.