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Events 2015

Jewish Book Week holds recordings of nearly 1000 of our past events. You can click on the boxes below to browse by festival year, or type in the fields to search for a speaker, event title or topic.

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Judy Blume: In the Unlikely Event

Contributor(s): Judy Blume | Sarah Churchwell


Jewish Book Week was delighted to present the wonderful Judy Blume in a special event. Judy Blume spoke about her life in books and her brand new adult novel, I... read more

The New Yorker

Contributor(s): David Denby | John Lahr | Robert Mankoff | Deborah Treisman

01/03/2015 - 8:00 pm

New York symbolises the sweeping cultural changes of the 20th century and The New Yorker, first published in 1925, initiated many of these changes. With its ex... read more

The Art of the Graphic Novel

Contributor(s): Yirmi Pinkus | Sarah Lightman | Rutu Modan | Ariel Kahn

01/03/2015 - 2:00 pm

Join leading Israeli graphic novelists Rutu Modan (The Property and Exit Wounds) and Yirmi Pinkus (Petty Business and Professor Fabrikant’s Historical Cabaret... read more

Assaf Gavron: The Hilltop

Contributor(s): Assaf Gavron | Sara Yael Hirschhorn

01/03/2015 - 2:00 pm

Rich with humour and insight, hailed as “The Great Israeli Novel” (Time Out, Tel Aviv) Assaf Gavron’s prize-winning The Hilltop is a monumental and daring... read more

AB Yehoshua: Lunchtime Lecture

Contributor(s): A.B. Yehoshua

01/03/2015 - 12:30 pm

AB Yehoshua, one of Israel’s foremost writers and public intellectuals, considers how Jewish culture is now reflected through the prism of contemporary Israel... read more

Göran Rosenberg and Sigrid Rausing: A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz

Contributor(s): Göran Rosenberg | Sigrid Rausing

01/03/2015 - 12:30 pm

Göran Rosenberg is in conversation with Granta’s Sigrid Rausing about his heart-stopping memoir of his father, A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz. The w... read more

Jeremy Josse on Financial Paradoxes

Contributor(s): Jeremy Josse | Stephen Grabiner

01/03/2015 - 12:30 pm

Contrary to its dull image, the financial world is actually full of strange and wonderful conundrums. In Dinosaur Derivatives and Other Trades, Jeremy Josse, wh... read more

Roger Cohen: The Girl from Human Street: Ghosts of Memory in a Jewish Family

Contributor(s): Roger Cohen | David Denby

01/03/2015 - 11:00 am

New York Times columnist Roger Cohen’s memoir is an intimate and moving Jewish family history of displacement, prejudice, hope, despair and love. In convers... read more

Natalie Haynes: Stand Up for the Classics Natalie Haynes

Contributor(s): Natalie Haynes

01/03/2015 - 11:00 am

Fêted comedian, broadcaster and writer Natalie Haynes takes you on a whistle-stop tour of Ancient Greece and Rome. If you’ve ever wondered what Julius Caesar... read more

Life on and off the Stage

Contributor(s): Lady Solti | Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen | Tamsin Waley-Cohen | Daniel Tong | Kate Gould

28/02/2015 - 8:30 pm

Jewish Book Week and the Jewish Music Institute together present a father-daughter conversation between theatre impresario Stephen Waley-Cohen and violinist Tam... read more

Roger Cohen, Michael Ignatieff and Simon Schama on Israel’s Future

Contributor(s): Roger Cohen | Simon Schama | Michael Ignatieff

28/02/2015 - 8:30 pm

Last summer’s war between Israel and Hamas sharpened perceptions of the long-standing Israel-Palestine conflict. With an ever-more uncertain future ahead, man... read more

The King of Ivy League

Contributor(s): Robert Elms | John Simons | Paul Simons

28/02/2015 - 8:00 pm

John Simons was one of the leading menswear designers in 1960s London, introducing the Ivy League look to young, fashion-obsessed Mods. A new documentary The Ne... read more

The Betrayers

Contributor(s): David Bezmozgis | Ben Judah

28/02/2015 - 7:00 pm

Fresh from winning the National Jewish Book Award for his latest novel The Betrayers, Canadian author and filmmaker David Bezmozgis returns to Jewish Book Week ... read more

Boris Bennett: East End Weddings

Contributor(s): Michael Greisman | Edwina Ehrman

27/02/2015 - 1:00 pm

Boris Bennett chronicled the major life events of Jewish East End families for over 25 years. His iconic photographs of East End weddings have been collated and... read more

Rachel Holmes on Eleanor Marx: A Life

Contributor(s): Rachel Holmes | Rachel Cooke

26/02/2015 - 8:30 pm

Rachel Holmes talks to Rachel Cooke about her critically acclaimed biography of Eleanor Marx. Marx’s favourite daughter was a revolutionary socialist campaign... read more

Peter Beinart and Jonathan Freedland on Israel and the Diaspora

Contributor(s): Peter Beinart | Jonathan Freedland

26/02/2015 - 8:30 pm

Voices have the power to sway public opinion and perhaps even determine policies. Peter Beinart, who writes for The Atlantic and Haaretz, and The Guardian... read more