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Events 2011

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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Tel Aviv Stories

Contributor(s): Shira Geffen | Linda Grant

06/03/2011 - 3:00 pm

The film, Jellyfish, captures the hidden narratives of everyday Tel-Aviv life and draws a vision of the hundred-year old city which is both more seedy and magic... read more

Who Do We Think We Are?

Contributor(s): Jeffrey Kaye | Hannah Pool

06/03/2011 - 3:00 pm

Journalists Gary Younge and Jeffrey Kaye wrestled with “identity” in this thought-provoking session. Younge assessed that identity politics may be a... read more

The Balfour Declaration

Contributor(s): Tom Fraser | Jonathan Schneer

06/03/2011 - 3:00 pm

The story of the Balfour Declaration is a tale full of intrigue, betrayal, adventure, death and triumph. Jonathan Schneer shows English diplomats’ desperate e... read more

Turbulent Times

Contributor(s): Jon Boyd | Keith Kahn-Harris | Melanie Phillips | Miri Weingarten | Martin Bright

06/03/2011 - 3:00 pm

The Jewish people have always been a disputatious lot. In the contemporary British Jewish community, issues such as attitudes to Israel, antisemitism, Jewish pr... read more

An Unfinished Business

Contributor(s): Boualem Sansal | Boyd Tonkin

06/03/2011 - 2:45 pm

Boualem Sansal is not afraid to tackle difficult topics. His novels, written in French, are banned in his own country, Algeria. An Unfinished Business is the st... read more

The Punishment of Gaza

Contributor(s): Gideon Levy

06/03/2011 - 2:45 pm

He has been called “a propagandist for Hamas” by Israeli right-wingers but sees himself as a patriot who wants to be proud of his country. He told Johann Ha... read more

Freud’s Escape from Vienna

Contributor(s): David Cohen

06/03/2011 - 2:45 pm

Freud escaped from Vienna with the help of a good Nazi Anton Sauerwald who in his spare time made bombs. In the book The Escape of Sigmund Freud David Coehn tel... read more

Super Sad Love Story

Contributor(s): David Schneider | Gary Shteyngart

06/03/2011 - 2:30 pm

Put together one of America’s best novelists – the irreverent Russian-born Gary Shteyngart – and the only UK comedian who is an expert in Yiddish – the ... read more

Peter Mandelson in conversation with Nick Cohen

Contributor(s): Peter Mandelson | Nick Cohen

06/03/2011 - 2:30 pm

‘A compelling account of the New Labour years…nearly every page is illuminating.’ Steve Richards, Independent ‘A revealing and important... read more

Vasily Grossman

Contributor(s): Robert Chandler | Janet Suzman | Janet Wolff

06/03/2011 - 2:15 pm

Vasily Grossman is famous for his masterpiece Life and Fate and his writing as a reporter embedded within the Red Army, particularly for his powerful report on ... read more

My Memories After Death

Contributor(s): Yair Qedar | Yair Lapid | Rachel Shabi

06/03/2011 - 2:15 pm

The most popular Israeli journalist presented his latest book, a posthumous memoir of his father, the much loved and controversial politician Tommy Lapid. He al... read more

A Rift In Time

Contributor(s): Raja Shehadeh | Jo Glanville

06/03/2011 - 2:15 pm

Raja Shehadeh’s uncle fled the Ottoman police, his family lost their prosperous home by the sea when Israel was created, his father was murdered and his every... read more

JC Evening: Last Word

Contributor(s): Jonathan Freedland | Howard Jacobson

06/03/2011 - 2:00 pm

The Finkler Question is the ‘first unashamedly comic novel’ to win the prestigious Booker Prize and flagrantly Jewish to boot. Howard Jacobson and Jonathan ... read more

We Had It So Good

Contributor(s): Linda Grant | Joan Bakewell


Linda Grant spoke to Joan Bakewell about her new novel, We Had It So Good, which takes us from the late 60s to today, following the lives of a group of friends ... read more

The Death of Eli Gold

Contributor(s): Erica Wagner

05/03/2011 - 3:15 pm

The Death of Eli Gold is a comedy, a thriller, and a meditation on love, death, aging, sex, America and fame. Inspired by Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, John Updike,... read more

True Tales

Contributor(s): Stella Duffy | David Flusfeder | Benjamin Markovits | Meg Rosoff | Jake Wallis Simons | Clive Sinclair | Debbie Chazen

05/03/2011 - 3:15 pm

The totally true storytelling club returned for JBW 2011. We selected some of our favourite writers who revealed true moments of beauty, awkwardness, tragedy an... read more