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Festival Archive

Jewish Book Week 2006

Saturday, 25 February 2006 to Sunday, 5 March 2006
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02-25 Saturday

To Know the Other from Within
Saturday, 25 February 2006 - 3:15pm

In a mental climate such as this, the very act of writing a story or a poem - even if you're not at that moment writing about "the situation" - instantly becomes a tiny act of protest, of defiance; an act of personal definition within a reality that threatens to wipe us out…

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02-26 Sunday

Mike Leigh in conversation with Mark Lawson
Sunday, 26 February 2006 - 1:45pm

Maverick director and writer Mike Leigh has had a huge impact on British cinema and theatre.

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Escaping the Past: Lisa Appignanesi & Ellen Feldman
Sunday, 26 February 2006 - 1:45pm

In association with the London Jewish Cultural Centre

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Bar Mitzvah Disco: Roger Bennett, Jamie Glassman & Nick Kroll
Sunday, 26 February 2006 - 1:45pm

Remember your bar mitzvah? Not the important religious rite of passage but the party!

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Meet the Author: Andrew Kaufman
Sunday, 26 February 2006 - 2:00pm

All My Friends Are Superheroes

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Living Photographs: Intergenerational Workshop
Sunday, 26 February 2006 - 2:00pm

Celebrating 350 years of Jewish life in England, we embark on an oral history project involving families from across the Jewish community.

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Children of the Ghetto
Sunday, 26 February 2006 - 2:00pm

Children of the Ghetto is Israel Zangwill’s epic tale of Jewish life in London, published in1892, describing both the poverty of the East End and the wealthy lives of the established Jews in the West End.

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Family Matters: Emma Richler & Martha Richler
Sunday, 26 February 2006 - 2:15pm

Mordecai Richler is one of Canada’s best known writers. His satirical fiction includes Saint Urbain’s Horseman and The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. For Jewish Book Week, his daughters discussed the family man behind the legend.

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City of Oranges
Sunday, 26 February 2006 - 2:15pm

In an illustrated talk based on his book on Jaffa, Adam Le Bor told us the stories of six families from 1920 to today: the Christian Arab car-dealer; the Jewish coffee-and-spice merchant; the Palestinian exile who tried to bring modern business methods to the Arafat era, and the Jewish schoolgirl

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Meg Rosoff in conversation with Graham Marks
Sunday, 26 February 2006 - 2:15pm

Meg Rosoff is one of the most talked about authors in the world of teen fiction. Set in an indistinct future, How I Live Now is an unforgettable and gripping novel about war, family, love, sex, terror and loss.

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Angelina Ballerina
Sunday, 26 February 2006 - 2:45pm

Little girls put on their tutus and enjoyed a fun afternoon with Katherine Hollabird.

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The Challenge of Shas: David Lehmann & Batia Siebzehner
Sunday, 26 February 2006 - 2:45pm

Shas is the movement which changed fundamentally the relationship between religion, ethnicity and politics by leading a religious and ethnic revival among Israel's North African and Middle Eastern Jews.

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The People on the Street: Linda Grant
Sunday, 26 February 2006 - 3:00pm

Linda Grant presented Israel as you have never seen it before.

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Reading Group: Naomi Lightman
Sunday, 26 February 2006 - 3:00pm

Published in 1892, Israel Zangwill's Children of the Ghetto became the first Anglo-Jewish bestseller. It documents, with affectionate honesty and wryness of humour, the lives of immigrant Jews.

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Wandering Jews: Jeremy Leigh
Sunday, 26 February 2006 - 3:00pm

From Abraham, journeying from one land in search of another, to modern travellers, Jews have traversed countries and continents.

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02-27 Monday

Composing a Nation: Shlomo Avineri, Ruth Gavison & Anita Shapira
Monday, 27 February 2006 - 12:30pm

ERETZ-ISRAEL [(Hebrew) - the Land of Israel, Palestine] was the birthplace of the Jewish people. Here their spiritual, religious and political identity was shaped.

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William Frankel In conversation with Jenni Frazer
Monday, 27 February 2006 - 12:45pm

The distinguished former editor of the Jewish Chronicle shared with  Jenni Frazer some of the anecdotes from his autobiography Tea With  Einstein.

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Tea Time Stories: Zvi Jagendorf 'Strudelbakers 1951'
Monday, 27 February 2006 - 12:45pm

A wonderfully funny and poignant portrait of a refugee couple making strudel as they argue about their life in 1950s London, as seen through the eyes of their young nephew.

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The Art of Authorised Biography
Monday, 27 February 2006 - 12:45pm

Angela Levin who writes for the Daily Mail and has written biographies of Max Clifford and the Spencers, revealed how she persuades the rich and famous to tell more than they would.

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Passions: The Pineapple
Monday, 27 February 2006 - 12:45pm

Fran Beauman’s passion began with a childhood visit to the pineapple-shaped garden retreat at Dunmore Park in Scotland, and since then it has taken her across the world.

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02-28 Tuesday

Occidentalism: Ian Buruma, Jon Ronson & Ziauddin Sardar
Tuesday, 28 February 2006 - 11:45am

In his book, Occidentalism, Ian Buruma shows that the dehumanising picture of the West painted by its enemies is not a new phenomenon, though it cannot be attributed solely to either the right or left, nor to an Islamic source.

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Passions: Vasily Grossman
Tuesday, 28 February 2006 - 11:45am

Vasily Grossman, author of Life and Fate, is considered one of the unsung geniuses of the twentieth century. Antony Beevor’s fascination with Grossman was triggered whilst researching his masterly book on Stalingrad.

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Dangerous Writing: Naomi Alderman, Shalom Auslander
Tuesday, 28 February 2006 - 12:00pm

Is Shalom Auslander taking the name of God in vain when imagining Him as a big chicken? Is Naomi Alderman’s story of a lesbian relationship in Hendon blasphemous?

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Meet the Author: Ben Markovits
Tuesday, 28 February 2006 - 12:00pm

Either Side of Winter

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Tea Time Stories: Jonathan Wilson 'Dead Ringer'
Tuesday, 28 February 2006 - 12:15pm

Set in America, a middle-aged man comes to terms with mortality – his own, his mother’s and that of his long-dead baby brother – a story full of mordant humour as well as pathos.

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School Day: Morris Gleitzman, Joe Craig & Marion Baraitser
Tuesday, 28 February 2006 - 12:15pm

Schools were invited to bring their pupils to meet Morris Gleitzman who spoke about storytelling, Joe Craig, exciting new author of a thriller that raises questions of ethics, politics and genetics and take part in a session on the graphic novel with Mari

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03-1 Wednesday

Ernst Gombrich: Monica Bohm-Duchen & Carl and Leonie Gombrich
Wednesday, 1 March 2006 - 11:00am

Carl and Leonie Gombrich remembered their grandfather, the legendary Ernst Gombrich, author of the best selling art book of all time, the Story of Art. His Little History of the World, written for children in 1935, was published for the first time in the UK in 2006.

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Passions: Islamic Art
Wednesday, 1 March 2006 - 11:15am

In the last 30 years, Professor Khalili has assembled 20,000 objects documenting much of the artistic production of the Islamic lands over a period of some 1400 years.

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The Christian and the Pharisee: Lord Carey and David Rosen
Wednesday, 1 March 2006 - 11:15am

The ninth commandment –Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour – features large in the dialogue between Rabbi David Rosen and evangelical Christian preacher RT Kendall in their exchange of letters,The Christian and the Pharisee.

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Meet the Author: Francesca Weisman
Wednesday, 1 March 2006 - 11:30am
Nowhere's Child
 
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Tales from Two Ends of the Sephardi World: Yasmin Levy, Bea Lewkowicz & Hilary Pomeroy
Wednesday, 1 March 2006 - 11:30am

Cultural historian Hilary Pomeroy revealed the enchanted world of abducted princesses and  power-crazed kings of the ballads sung by Moroccan Sephardi women, based on poems from Spain before the expulsion of Jews 500 years ago. Israeli diva Yasmin Levy will sing some of them.

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Tea Time Stories: 'A Bithday in London'
Wednesday, 1 March 2006 - 11:30am

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala 'A Bithday in London'

A group of elderly German-Jewish refugees celebrate the birthday of one of their members while they talk about the past and of being “British” - a beautifully modulated story full of wistful humour.
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03-2 Thursday

Marx for the 21st Century: Jacques Attali, Eric Hobsbawm
Thursday, 2 March 2006 - 10:30am

Radio 4 listeners recently voted Karl Marx the greatest philosopher of all time – a decision with which historian Eric Hobsbawm would not disagree.

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Passions: Europe
Thursday, 2 March 2006 - 10:30am

Mark Leonard believes in Europe with a faith rarely seen in Britain.

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Matches: Ryan Craig & Alan Kaufman
Thursday, 2 March 2006 - 10:45am

Matches is the Israel Defence Force codename for a soldier: someone who strikes, burns and dies. Alan Kaufman, has written a moving novel based on his experiences which comes recommended by David Mamet and Amos Oz.

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Meet the Author: Richard Aronowitz-Mercer
Thursday, 2 March 2006 - 10:45am

Five Amber Beads

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Tea Time Stories: 'Wingate Football Club'
Thursday, 2 March 2006 - 10:45am

Clive Sinclair's 'Wingate Football Club' story is an elegiac account of an English Jewish childhood. Exploring questions of diaspora Jewish identity, the pain of growing up and, of course, football.

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Delicious Travels: Claudia Roden
Thursday, 2 March 2006 - 11:00am

The multi-talented author spoke about her return to the countries of Turkey, Lebanon and Morocco in search of old and new recipes, and to find out how cooking has evolved since the 1960s.

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03-3 Friday

Elaine Feinstein and Amir Or
Friday, 3 March 2006 - 10:15am

Poet and translator Fiona Sampson chaired this session which took us into the worlds of two very special poets. Amir Or combines the mysteries of the spirit with the joys of the flesh, curious about mythology while carefully examining the Hebrew language.

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Poetry Translation Workshop
Friday, 3 March 2006 - 10:15am

Poets and translators Elaine Feinstein, Amir Or and Daniel Weissbort led poetry translation workshops from Hebrew, Russian and French. People came and discovered the quandaries translators experience when trying to convey music and meaning from a foreign language into English.

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03-4 Saturday

Secrets and Lies
Saturday, 4 March 2006 - 3:45pm

In the 1960s Carmen Callil visited the psychiatrist Anne Darquier and they forged a close bond, tragically broken when Anne committed suicide.

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Saturday Night Double Bill: Sam Bourne, Jay Rayner, Jonathan Freedland, Hirsh Goodman, Jonathan Kaplan & Jeff Barak
Saturday, 4 March 2006 - 5:00pm

SESSION ONE : Suspense

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03-5 Sunday

Taking (Up) the Tablets: Simon Baron-Cohen, Michael Bywater, Giles Coren, Anne Karpf and Piers Paul Read
Sunday, 5 March 2006 - 10:30am

They are shared by all the religions of the Book but how resonant are the Ten Commandments in our lives today? Even such apparently obvious ones like thou shalt not kill are being questioned by the supporters of euthanasia.

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Thou Shalt Not Kill: Sara Paretsky
Sunday, 5 March 2006 - 3:45pm

Who better than a thriller writer to explore the sixth commandment?

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Finding My Own Voice: Judith Rotem
Sunday, 5 March 2006 - 4:00pm

Judith Rotem’s journey took her from an Orthodox Hungarian lifestyle, through a concentration camp as a baby, to life on an Israeli moshav and later in the religious town Bnei-Brak.

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My Mother was a Bag Lady: Josiane Behmoiras
Sunday, 5 March 2006 - 4:15pm

Dora B and her eight year old daughter were expelled for vagrancy from France to Israel. Convinced that she was the victim of a conspiracy, Dora gradually lost her grasp on the world.

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The Truth, Nothing but the Truth: Laurel Leff, Arthur Neslen
Sunday, 5 March 2006 - 4:15pm

In Buried by The Times: The Holocaust and America’s Most Important Newspaper, Laurel Leff examined the many decisions that were made along the chain-of-command of the New York Times that ultimately resulted in minimising, misunderstanding and diluting the reporting of the Holocaust.

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Imre Kertesz in conversation with Evi Blaikie
Sunday, 5 March 2006 - 4:15pm

“Nothing has happened since Auschwitz that could reverse or refute Auschwitz. In my writingsthe Holocaust could never be present in the past tense.”

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Morris Gleitzman
Sunday, 5 March 2006 - 4:30pm

Once there was a boy his parents tried to protect.

Once he escaped to find them.

Once story telling helped him survive.

Morris Gleitzman told the wonderful story of a boy who knew the power of stories.

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Horrid Henry: Francesca Simon
Sunday, 5 March 2006 - 4:30pm

Horrid Henry is definitely not mending his ways! Find out more about his naughty adventures.

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Hitler's Canary: Sandi Toksvig
Sunday, 5 March 2006 - 4:30pm

The wonderfully witty writer and broadcaster, born in Copenhagen, told the story of her novel inspired by the true acts of courage of the Danish population united in saving its Jewish population from the Nazis.

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The Barrier: Isabel Kershner
Sunday, 5 March 2006 - 4:30pm

Isabel Kershner presented a riveting exploration of the impact of Israel’s controversial security barrier. She offered rich and insightful portraits of the people and places along the Wall's route and beyond.

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The Art of the Graphic Novel: Marion Baraitser, Steve Marchant & Corinne Pearlman
Sunday, 5 March 2006 - 4:30pm

At the intersection of literature and art, the blending of high satire and low caricature, the graphic novel is an elusive genre. Propelled to new heights by Art Spiegelman, the form has many proponents who explore a range of Jewish preoccupations from the sublime to the horrific.

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Reading Group: Imre Kertesz
Sunday, 5 March 2006 - 4:45pm

Fatelessness, the title of Imre Kertesz’s novel, refers to what he calls “the dreary trap of linearity”. Having to accept one event after the other, powerlessly, is what befalls Georgy, a fourteen year old boy confronted with his Jewishness, the camps and their aftermath.

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The Orientalist: Tom Reiss
Sunday, 5 March 2006 - 4:45pm

In The Orientalist, Tom Reiss tells the remarkable tale of Kurban Said, aka Lev Nussimbaum, a Jew with a passion for the Arab world and bestselling author of Ali and Nino, a captivating love story set in Azerbaijan.

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Jewish Book Week 2006
Sunday, 5 March 2006 - 11:45pm

Sunday 5 March was the final day of Jewish Book Week 2006. The main festival ran from 25 February to 5 March at London's Royal National Hotel. More than 50 challenging and entertaining speakers took part in 56 sessions, presenting arguments and many different points of view.

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Jewish Book Week speaker David Grossman was awarded the Man Booker International Prize for his novel, A Horse
Jewish Book Week speaker Naomi Alderman has won the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017 for her fourth novel, 
Hear Susan Suleiman discuss her book The Némirovsky Question (Yale University Press, 2017) with Ann Jefferson and

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Jonathan Safran Foer discussing his novel Here I Am with Hephzibah Anderson at an out-of-festival event.