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Events 2017

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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Fiction of Guilt and Identity

Contributor(s): John Steinberg | Richard Aronowitz | Jenni Frazer

05/03/2017 - 8:00 pm

John Steinberg’s Blue Skies Over Berlin is a moving and thought-provoking book about guilt and identity, featuring a young German woman who moves to London fr... read more

The Friendship of Joyce and Svevo

Contributor(s): Stanley Price | Philip Hensher

05/03/2017 - 6:30 pm

James Joyce and Italo Svevo met in Trieste in 1907 when Joyce was Svevo’s English teacher at the Berlitz School. Their friendship endured the political and cu... read more

Burn Mark: A Photographic Memoir of the Six Day War

Contributor(s): Avner Offer | Matti Friedman

05/03/2017 - 6:30 pm

This extraordinary work, assembled in 1968 by Avner Offer – Oxford Professor of Economic History and a former soldier in the Six-Day War – is now published ... read more

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Contributor(s): Giles Fraser

05/03/2017 - 6:30 pm

Giles Fraser, priest, columnist, broadcaster and educator talks to Richard Harries about his upbringing as the child of a Christian-born mother and Jewish-born ... read more

The Left’s Jewish Problem

Contributor(s): Dave Rich | Nick Cohen

05/03/2017 - 5:00 pm

In his thought-provoking new work, The Left’s Jewish Problem: Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Anti-Semitism, Dave Rich offers a judicious analysis of the Left’s i... read more

Have I Got A Story For You…

Contributor(s): Liana Finck | Ezra Glinter | Boris Fishman

05/03/2017 - 5:00 pm

The renowned émigré newspaper, The Forward, was founded in New York at the end of the 19th century. Liana Finck’s A Bintel Brief is written in an illustrati... read more

Voices from Pinterland

Contributor(s): Michael Billington

05/03/2017 - 5:00 pm

An exhilarating event featuring 17 early works by Harold Pinter, comprising his essays, sketches and radio plays, displaying the variety and wit of Pinter’s e... read more

Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story

Contributor(s): Matti Friedman | Hugo Rifkind

05/03/2017 - 3:30 pm

In an astute and moving exposé of war’s futility – part memoir, part reportage – award-winning writer and journalist Matti Friedman, in conversation with... read more

The Curse of Cash

Contributor(s): Ken Rogoff | Andrew Haldane

05/03/2017 - 3:30 pm

One of the world’s leading economists, Harvard Professor and chess grandmaster, Kenneth Rogoff, makes a persuasive case for ridding the world of high value pa... read more

Midrash Unbound: Transformations and Innovations

Contributor(s): Philip Alexander | Joanna Weinberg | Theodor Dunkelgrün

05/03/2017 - 3:30 pm

Professors Joanna Weinberg and Philip Alexander with Dr Theodor Dunkelgrün discourse on the Midrash. Covering a broad range of texts, from late antiquity to th... read more

Dora’s Story

Contributor(s): Dora Reisser | Henry Goodman

05/03/2017 - 2:00 pm

Dora’s Story is a tale of triumph over every possible adversity – a story of terror and hunger and persistence. Dora Reisser, who made her way from Sofia to... read more

Feisty Fictions

Contributor(s): Linda Grant | Sarah Moss | Erica Wagner

05/03/2017 - 2:00 pm

Linda’s Grant’s sparkling new novel, The Dark Circle, is set in 1950, two years into the NHS, revolving around a TB sanatorium in the Kent countryside, wher... read more

A Forger’s Life

Contributor(s): Sarah Kaminsky | Natasha Lehrer

05/03/2017 - 12:30 pm

This is the gripping true story of Adolfo Kaminsky who, narrowly escaping deportation to Auschwitz, was recruited as a teenager to join the Jewish underground. ... read more

Russian America and American Russia

Contributor(s): Boris Fishman | Sana Krasikov

05/03/2017 - 12:30 pm

Boris Fishman and Sana Krasikov, originally from the former USSR, are two of America’s finest writers of fiction. Boris Fishman, author of the critically admi... read more

Lady Antonia Fraser: A little-known chapter in her life with Harold Pinter

Contributor(s): Antonia Fraser | Michael Billington

05/03/2017 - 12:30 pm

In May 1978, the award-winning biographer Lady Antonia Fraser and celebrated playwright Harold Pinter boarded a flight destined for Tel Aviv. Antonia Fraser’s... read more

Testaments to Constancy and Change

Contributor(s): Alexandra Harris | Rachel Lichtenstein | Anthony Sattin

05/03/2017 - 11:00 am

In Weatherland, Alexandra Harris’s subject is not the weather itself but the weather as it is daily recreated in the human imagination. She builds her remarka... read more