Five books: Jake Epstein
The Broadway star returns home to take part in the annual UnCovered production at Koerner Hall by Ron Johnson
Jake Epstein has strutted across many a stage both in Toronto and in New York City where he starred in
on Broadway. But recently, people are getting to know him as a member of the cast of the hit TV show starring another Toronto native, Keifer Sutherland.
Epstein grew up in North York where he attended Claude Watson School of the Arts and Earl Haig Secondary School. Then
happened, and his star was on the rise. Since then, he’s worked mostly onstage, in such productions as the Green Day project and the Broadway production of
This month, Epstein is back in Toronto as one of the many stage stars in alongside the likes of Brent Carver, Divine Brown and Melissa O’Neil. The show runs Nov. 14 to 16 at Koerner Hall. Here, Jake shares thoughts on his five favourite books, including one written by his mother. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr This book tells two parallel Second World War stories about a blind girl, able to survive because of the life lessons her father taught her, and a gifted German boy, who gets selected to join a training school for the Nazi military elite. I love this book not only because of the unique perspective on the war, but because the language is so beautifully poetic. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger This is my favourite novel to reread at different stages of my life. Probably the greatest character study in modern literature, everyone can identify with Holden Caulfield's raw angst, alienation and struggle with authenticity. It gets sadder to read as the years go on, but no less riveting. To Look a Nazi in the Eye by Kathy Kacer As a child of Holocaust survivors, my mom has made it her life goal to educate younger generations about the war. She is constantly searching for new ways to make the history relevant. She absolutely nails it with her latest book, based on a true story about Jordana Lebowitz and her trip to Germany to witness the trial of Oskar Gröning.