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Author Avi Silberstein brings Human Solutions to the Nelson Library

By Contributor
November 21st, 2014

Cults, crime, and the lengths we’ll go for love are key elements in the debut novel by Avi Silberstein, a chilling narrative inspired by the true story of Paul Schäfer, an ex-Nazi who founded the Colonia Dignidad in Chile in the late 1970s. Silberstein reads from his novel Human Solutions on Tuesday, December 2 at 7 p.m. at the Nelson Public Library.
Described by author Carmen Aguirre as “gripping, disturbing, darkly funny, and impossible to put down,” the novel follows Javier Gonzalez, a seemingly normal businessman who runs an unusual sort of business.
With the help of a team of actors, Javier engineers social situations that meet the unique needs of his clients. If you want your boss to like you, he can help; if you want the weatherman to fall in love with you, he can arrange it. He calls his business Human Solutions.

But when he becomes tangled in a cult run by an ex-Nazi with torturous ties to the Pinochet dictatorship, a man with no conscience or fear—Javier may have met his match.
Silberstein, now director of the Grand Forks Library, was born in Chile in 1982 and moved to Canada in 2000.

His short stories have appeared in literary publications including the New Quarterly and Grain. Human Solutions is published by Skyhorse Publishing in New York. Otter Books will be on hand with copies for sale.

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