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Reaching for a Star
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Josef Cermak is an accomplished lawyer and writer. He has been active in the affairs of the Czechoslovak community in Canada for his entire career. He's been a key member of many of the most important community organizations, serving on their boards and providing them with legal services expertise. Josef ended his active legal career as a partner in the Toronto law firm of Smith, Lyons, Torrance, Stevenson & Mayer. As a writer, Josef was a frequent contributor of articles and poems to most of the major Czech and Slovak publications in Canada. His novel, Going Home, was published by Vintage Press in New York. After the fall of Communism in 1989, he brought out a number of books in the Czech Republic, including a biography of Winston Churchill, a book of poetry, and a nonfiction book called Fragments from the Life of Czechs and Slovaks in Canada. His most substantial work, which has also been translated into English, is It All Started with Prince Rupert: The Story of Czechs and Slovaks in Canada. Reaching for a Star is Josef Cermak's most recent book. It appeared first in Czech in 2014 under the title Rozlet ("Taking off"). He lives in Toronto.

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