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Events 2012

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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Meet the Author: Hillel Halkin: Melisande! What are Dreams?

Contributor(s): Hillel Halkin

19/02/2019 - 2:45 pm

Melisande! What Are Dreams? is a first novel by the acclaimed American-Israeli author and translator Hillel Halkin, known for his essays and books of non-fictio... read more

Ulysses Revisited

Contributor(s): Howard Jacobson | Henry Goodman | Derbhle Crotty

26/03/2012 - 4:45 pm

For Howard Jacobson, James Joyce’s Ulysses is the greatest Jewish novel of the 20th century; for Henry Goodman the novel that hugely articulated and resha... read more

Of Loss and Hope

Contributor(s): Alison Pick | Jake Wallis Simons | Claire Armitstead

26/02/2012 - 4:45 pm

Here are two beautifully written and meticulously researched new novels. Alison Pick’s Booker-longlisted novel, Far to Go, is set in the months leading up to ... read more

Road to Apocalypse

Contributor(s): Munro Price | Stanley Price

26/02/2012 - 4:45 pm

A chance discovery in a Sussex chapel led Stanley and Munro Price to the fascinating but forgotten story of Lewis Way. In 1805, Way, a devout evangelical Christ... read more

A New Voice for Israel

Contributor(s): Jonathan Freedland | Jeremy Ben-Ami

26/02/2012 - 4:30 pm

The leader of America’s pro-Israel, pro-peace lobby explained to Jonathan Freedland why he felt the need to fund J-Street. He comes from a family who were pio... read more

Hope: A Tragedy

Contributor(s): Shalom Auslander | Bidisha Mamata

26/02/2012 - 4:30 pm

Darkly hilarious, dangerously subversive and extraordinarily bold, Shalom Auslander delivered a hilarious and disquieting examination of the burdens and abuse o... read more

Jewry in Music

Contributor(s): David Conway | Michael Portillo

26/02/2012 - 4:30 pm

Michael Portillo discussed David Conway’s new book Jewry in Music with the author, accompanied by live musical illustrations by Mark Viner (piano) and Claudia... read more

Israel After the Arab Spring

Contributor(s): Robin Lustig | Jeffrey Goldberg

26/02/2012 - 4:15 pm

Will the Arab Spring lead to peace between Israel and its neighbours, or does it mean perpetual war? Is what we’ve been seeing really an Arab Spring, or i... read more

Proust Among The Nations

Contributor(s): Boyd Tonkin | Jacqueline Rose

26/02/2012 - 4:15 pm

In her book, Proust Among the Nations – from Dreyfus to the Middle East, Jacqueline Rose takes her far-reaching and often controversial analysis of the Middle... read more

Daniel Stein: Interpreter

Contributor(s): Ludmila Ulitskaya | Brian Klug

26/02/2012 - 9:45 am

Ludmila Ulitskaya came from Russia to talk about her extraordinary novel, Daniel Stein, Interpreter. Based on the real life story of Oswald Rufeisen who miracul... read more

Protocols of Prague

Contributor(s): Umberto Eco | David Aaronovitch 

26/02/2012 - 9:45 am

David Aaronovitch interviewed Umberto Eco about his brilliant historical novel The Prague Cemetery set in 19th Europe, from Turin to Prague to Paris, at a time ... read more

Jewish European Heritage in the Age of Diasporas

Contributor(s): Zygmunt Bauman | Jason Strelitz

26/02/2012 - 9:30 am

Zygmunt Bauman took us on a sweeping tour of the history of European Jews and their search for a place. He placed back the birth of Zionism in its context, at t... read more


Contributor(s): Jonathan Freedland | David Aaronovitch 

26/02/2012 - 9:30 am

The novel by Jonathan Freedland – written under the pseudonym Sam Bourne – Pantheon, is set in the Oxford and Yale of 1940. It follows an Oxford academi... read more

Jewish Legions

Contributor(s): Michael Keren

26/02/2012 - 9:30 am

In We Are Coming, Unafraid: The Jewish Legions and the Promised Land in the First World War, Michael Keren tells the little-known story of three all-Jewish batt... read more

Israel and the European Left

Contributor(s): Colin Shindler | Nick Cohen

26/02/2012 - 9:30 am

Why has the European Left become so antagonistic towards Israel? Is such antagonism in opposition to the policies of successive Israeli governments? Or, is it d... read more

Get Real: How to Tell it Like it is in a World of Illusions

Contributor(s): Eliane Glaser | Julia Hobsbawm

26/02/2012 - 9:15 am

Oil companies advertise their green credentials. Billionaires orchestrate ‘grassroots’ political movements. Organic food is grown on vast industrial farms. ... read more