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Jewish Book Week 2005

Saturday, 5 March 2005 to Sunday, 13 March 2005
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03-5 Saturday

Jack the Lad: A Tribute to Jack Rosenthal
Saturday, 5 March 2005 - 12:30pm

Jack Rosenthal, who died in 2004 aged 72, was one of Britain’s best loved screenwriters. Gentle, warm and humorous both in style and character, he has been described as television’s Charles Dickens.

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03-6 Sunday

Jewish Chronicle Evening
Sunday, 6 March 2005 - 12:00pm

The work of the internationally renowned author and neurologist, Oliver Sacks, has been central in helping us understand how the mind works. His book Awakenings (1973), about patients caught for decades in a frozen state, inspired the Oscar-nominated film of the same name.

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Jewish Chronicle Evening
Sunday, 6 March 2005 - 12:00pm

The work of the internationally renowned author and neurologist, Oliver Sacks, has been central in helping us understand how the mind works. His book Awakenings (1973), about patients caught for decades in a frozen state, inspired the Oscar-nominated film of the same name.

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The Lie that Wouldn’t Die
Sunday, 6 March 2005 - 12:00pm

One of the most pernicious antisemitic texts of the 20th century, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion was a Tsarist forgery purporting to show a Jewish conspiracy to take over the world. 

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Wicked Writing
Sunday, 6 March 2005 - 12:15pm

For those who wonder where writers get their ideas from, and how they create their characters, JBW 2005 presented the unique opportunity to meet two acclaimed authors for teenagers. There was the chance to hear them read from their latest novels and ask for writing tips.

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Address Unknown
Sunday, 6 March 2005 - 12:15pm

Jewish Book Week was proud to present the first major public reading of this powerful work of fiction by Kressman Taylor. Described as "the most effective indictment of Nazism to appear in fiction," the book was a sensation when it was first published in the US on the eve of the Holocaust.

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Quick, Let's Get Out of Here
Sunday, 6 March 2005 - 12:15pm

Michael Rosen is one of Britain's most exciting and inspirational writers. Children and their parents enjoyed an uproarious hour in the company of this talented poet with stories, rhymes, songs and jokes galore, and even a light-hearted introduction to the joys of Yiddish.

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Legacies
Sunday, 6 March 2005 - 12:15pm

How does family history spur someone to literature? And what happens when that history coincides with some of the 20th century’s most dramatic and painful events?

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Primary Schools Poetry Prize
Sunday, 6 March 2005 - 12:15pm

The winners of 2005's annual Prize read their poems on the subject of Memories. Michael Rosen, one of the judges, presented the awards.

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Outwitting History
Sunday, 6 March 2005 - 12:15pm

It started out as a student adventure, and ended up as the rescue of a dying culture.

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Jewish Mothers
Sunday, 6 March 2005 - 12:30pm

To celebrate the launch of the anthology, For Generations: Jewish Motherhood, we went beyond the stereotypes and looked at the contemporary experience of being a Jewish mother with some of the best writers on the subject: Sally Berkovic, who writes about being both orthodox and feminist;

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Reading Group: Cynthia Ozick
Sunday, 6 March 2005 - 12:30pm

Jewish Book Week presented an opportunity to take part in a reading group. 

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Marvellous Myths, Fabulous Fables
Sunday, 6 March 2005 - 12:30pm

A session of interactive storytelling took place with Mekella Broomberg and including a magical journey through ancient Jewish folklore, exploring legends from around the world.

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03-7 Monday

Genes and Genesis
Monday, 7 March 2005 - 11:45am

Psychologist Steven Pinker has been described as one of the 100 most influential people in the world today.

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Passions: The Temple
Monday, 7 March 2005 - 11:45am

The Temple of Jerusalem, destroyed by the Romans nearly 2,000 years ago, has a unique hold on our imaginations. Not just a building, it is also a way of constructing a picture of humanity’s relation to the divine.

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Hatches, Matches and Dispatches
Monday, 7 March 2005 - 12:00pm

The Social & Personal pages are often the first place people turn to when they open the Jewish Chronicle to see who's been hatched, matched or dispatched in the past week.

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Gillian Slovo in conversation with Boyd Tonkin
Monday, 7 March 2005 - 12:00pm

Shortlisted for last year’s Orange Prize for her powerful portrayal of Stalinist Russia in Ice Road (2004), Gillian Slovo is a prolific author whose personal and professional history are equally remarkable.

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Meet the Author
Monday, 7 March 2005 - 12:00pm
Our Hidden Lives: The Everyday Diaries of a Forgotten Britain
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American Tales: Woody Allen 'The Kugelmass Episode'
Monday, 7 March 2005 - 12:00pm

Written in 1977, this comic fantasy is the story of a New York professor so desperate for an affair that he hires a magician to transport him into Flaubert's novel Madame Bovary, to embark on a relationship with its beautiful heroine.

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03-8 Tuesday

Inside the Orthodox World
Tuesday, 8 March 2005 - 11:30am

The novels of Eliette Abecassis and Naomi Ragen provide a fascinating window into the intimate reaches of the orthodox world. Both depict moral and personal dilemmas in the lives of ultra-orthodox women and the ensuing conflicts and struggles to sustain belief and commitment.

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Meet the Author
Tuesday, 8 March 2005 - 11:30am
The Genizah at the House of Shepher 
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Gaza Blues and Beyond
Tuesday, 8 March 2005 - 11:30am

With no common political agenda, nor even a desire to talk politics together, Israeli author Etgar Keret and Palestinian author Samir El-youssef have forged a remarkable literary collaboration.

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Passion: The Marx Brothers
Tuesday, 8 March 2005 - 11:30am

The author of Monkey Business: The Lives and Legends of the Marx Brothers (2003), Simon Louvish spoke about his passion for the sons of the German-Jewish immigrant tailor Sam Marx and his ambitious wife Minnie, whose films still inspire laughter and devotion.

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American Tales: Grace Paley, 'Goodbye and Good Luck'
Tuesday, 8 March 2005 - 11:45am

In her first story, published in 1959, Grace Paley portrays the exuberant narrator Rose Lieber as she tells her niece about life in the Yiddish Theatre of 1900s New York, the story of her lifelong love affair with one of the actors and her 50-year fight against the inevitability of marriage.

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American Tales: Grace Paley, 'Goodbye and Good Luck'
Tuesday, 8 March 2005 - 11:45am

In her first story, published in 1959, Grace Paley portrays the exuberant narrator Rose Lieber as she tells her niece about life in the Yiddish Theatre of 1900s New York, the story of her lifelong love affair with one of the actors and her 50-year fight against the inevitability of marriage.

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Hitchhiking to Heaven
Tuesday, 8 March 2005 - 11:45am

Rabbi Lionel Blue has lived a life on the fringes. In his recent autobiography Hitchhiking to Heaven (2004), he tells the story of how he began to question where he fitted in with traditional Jewish society, so embarking on a fascinating interior journey.

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03-9 Wednesday

Cynthia Ozick in conversation with Mark Lawson
Wednesday, 9 March 2005 - 10:45am

Cynthia Ozick has been hailed as one of the greatest American story writers today. Born in New York in 1928, she is renowned as a writer of essays, short stories and novels and has been described as “the most accomplished and graceful literary stylist of our time”.

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Passions: Mark Ford on Bob Dylan
Wednesday, 9 March 2005 - 11:00am

Bob Dylan, born Robert Zimmerman, has been described as “the poet laureate of rock” and one of the most influential figures of our time. Mark Ford, poet, lecturer and serious fan, explores Dylan’s words, his influence and his recent acclaimed autobiography Chronicles Vol 1 (2004).

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Jew Made in England
Wednesday, 9 March 2005 - 11:00am

An eccentric scion of the Marks & Spencer family and one of the most innovative publishers of the 20th century, Anthony Blond was born into the Manchester Jewish haute bourgeoisie.

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Meet the Author
Wednesday, 9 March 2005 - 11:00am

The author writes of his discovery that one of his grandfathers was a Palestine-born German hotelier called Fritz Grossmann.

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American Tales: Philip Roth, 'The Conversion of the Jews'
Wednesday, 9 March 2005 - 11:00am

Philip Roth's short story The Conversion of the Jews, which appears in Goodbye Columbus (1959), tells the story of a little boy who finds his Hebrew classes so hypocritical and oppressive that he is driven to stage a rebellion against his teacher, the aptly named Rabbi Binder.

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A Rose for Reuben
Wednesday, 9 March 2005 - 11:15am

Over many years, the renowned actor and broadcaster Robert Rietti collected remarkable true stories full of surprising tenderness and hope and examples of lives rebuilt from survivors of the Holocaust and the people who knew them.

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03-10 Thursday

The Ethics of Biography
Thursday, 10 March 2005 - 10:15am

Biography is one of the great literary growth areas, reaching a huge number of readers. But how do authors deal with the scandals, rivalries, secrets and lies they may come across in the course of their work? Is it a question of publish and be damned?

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Meet the Author
Thursday, 10 March 2005 - 10:30am

Out of the Blue is the compelling story of the elderly daughter of prewar Parisian art dealers, whose chance encounter with a Picasso masterpiece looted by the Nazis propels her towards a secret legacy left by her father.

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American Tales: Bernard Malamud, 'Angel Levine'
Thursday, 10 March 2005 - 10:30am

This fantastical moral allegory, published in 1955, tells the story of a down-on-his-luck tailor who thinks his prayers have been answered when he is visited by Angel Levine, an African-American Jewish angel who promises to ease his many troubles.

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Passions: Jews
Thursday, 10 March 2005 - 10:30am

Described as Britain’s “funniest living writer”, Howard Jacobson explored his passion for Jews and Jewishness in his latest novel, The Making of Henry (2004).

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Apprehending Eichmann
Thursday, 10 March 2005 - 10:30am

David Cesarani’s Eichmann: His Life and Crimes (2004) is the first account of Eichmann’s life since the aftermath of his dramatic capture and trial by the Israelis.

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Dan Jacobson In conversation with Stanley Price
Thursday, 10 March 2005 - 10:45am

Dan Jacobson is one of Britain’s most eminent writers with a string of awards to his name. Here he discussed his life in writing and launched his then new book All For Love, his first novel in 12 years.

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03-12 Saturday

The Jewish Question
Saturday, 12 March 2005 - 10:15am

Are we living through a resurgence of antisemitism? Is it connected to Israel, and if so, how? And how deeply entrenched is it in Jewish identity?

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03-13 Sunday

Hebrew Language Session
Sunday, 13 March 2005 - 9:45am

Etgar Keret's latest collection of short stories, The Nimrod Flip-Out (2005), confirms his reputation as Israel's bestselling young writer and new national conscience. Keret read from these 'bite-sized satiric tales' and discussed 'the difficulty of life and the easiness of writing.'

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A Question of Zion
Sunday, 13 March 2005 - 9:45am

Although Israel barely leaves the front page, notes Jacqueline Rose, the complexity of Zionism itself is hardly ever explored.

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Anthony Sher in conversation with Nick Hern
Sunday, 13 March 2005 - 9:45am

Antony Sher is one of Britain's most brilliant actors and authors. Since moving to England in 1968 from his native Cape Town, he has excelled in a huge range of roles in his 30-year career, and was knighted in 2000.

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Great Writers of the 20th Century: Adam Thirlwell on Isaac Bashevis Singer
Sunday, 13 March 2005 - 9:45am

When Nobel Prize-winner Isaac Bashevis Singer died in 1991 aged 87, he was already a canonical American writer. Yet Singer never wrote in English, although he did edit his stories in their English translations.

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Inside Anne Frank's House
Sunday, 13 March 2005 - 10:00am

Award-winning publisher Peter Mayer launched one of the most exciting international book ventures of the year to mark the 75th anniversary of Anne Frank's birth.

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From Riga to Toronto
Sunday, 13 March 2005 - 10:00am

David Bezmozgis' debut collection, Natasha and other Stories, was greeted with great praise when it was published last year. "If Isaac Babel had escaped to suburban Toronto, the result would be David Bezmozgis," wrote one reviewer.

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A Telling Time
Sunday, 13 March 2005 - 10:00am

For the launch of the UK publication of A Telling Time by famous children's author Irene Watts, actress Susannah York read from this enchanting book which weaves the story of Purim into the tale of a miracle in Vienna in 1938.

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Nice Jewish Gurus
Sunday, 13 March 2005 - 10:00am

From agony aunts to lifestyle gurus, the Jewish commitment to self-improvement and fulfilment cannot be underestimated. Irma Kurtz is one of Britain's leading agony aunts, guiding readers for almost 30 years through the emotional thickets of contemporary life.

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Reading Group: David Grossman
Sunday, 13 March 2005 - 10:15am

Jewish Book Week presented another opportunity to take part in a reading group. 

The brilliantly imaginative See Under: Love (1990), by David Grossman, portrays life under the long shadows spread by the Holocaust in postwar Israel.

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Jewish Book Week 2005
Sunday, 13 March 2005 - 11:45pm

Sunday 13 March was the final day of Jewish Book Week 2005. The main festival ran from 5 to 13 March at London's Royal National Hotel. More than 50 challenging and entertaining speakers took part in 46 sessions, presenting arguments and many different points of view.

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Shana Tova to all those who are celebrating this week. A very happy new year from the team at Jewish Book Week!
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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.