Schwartz's Hebrew Delicatessen: The Story

Bill Brownstein
Illustrated by Michel Rabagliatti

We're not kidding! For it's 42nd season, the Centaur Theatre, Quebec's premiere English-language theatre company, will present the World Premiere of Schwartz's: The Musical. Written by Bowser & Blue and directed by Roy Surette, the colourful story of Schwartz's comes to life March 29, 2011 on stage with a full cast of larger-than-life characters who call Schwartz's home.

In anticipation of this unique event, Véhicule Press is publishing a completely updated and expanded book in a new format. This revised edition with a new cover designed by Michel Rabagliati, will include additional photos and a chapter on the legendary Jean Béliveau.

Bill Brownstein's bestseller tells the story of the iconic Schwartz's Hebrew Delicatessen and the origins of its unequalled smoked meat. In a style reminiscent of Damon Runyon's descriptions of New York's flamboyant street characters in the 1920s and 1930s, Brownstein vividly portrays the succession of Schwartz's eccentric owners and staff, and the larger-than-life charactersof St. Lawrence Boulevard-The Main.


Bill Brownstein is a columnist with the Montreal Gazette, and the author of Schwartz's Hebrew Delicatessen: The Story. He made two documentary films, Bill Lee: A Profile of a Pitcher, about former Montreal Expos pitcher Bill "Spaceman" Lee and Skating on Thin Ice, about the nomadic life of two journeymen hockey players in the NHL. He is the author of Sex Carnival, a whimsical peek into the wide world of sex, and Down the Tube, an account of the week he spent watching TV. He is also co-author and co-editor of The Great Canadian Character Anthology, and a lover of smoked meat.

Other books by Bill Brownstein: Montréal 24: Twenty-four Hours in the Life of a City
Trade paperback
Updated and cover illustrated by Quebec graphic novelist Michel Rabagliatti
140 pp 8.5" x 5"
ISBN13: 9781550652963

CDN $19.95
US & International
US $19.95

Updated and cover illustrated by Quebec graphic novelist Michel Rabagliatti
8.5" x 5"
ISBN13: 9781550652703

CDN $19.95