Events 2014

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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Irving Finkel The Ark before Noah

Contributor(s): Irving Finkel

03/03/2014 - 12:00 pm

A man walked into the British Museum one day in 2008 and handed Irving Finkel a palm-sized piece of clay carrying instructions for building the ark. Dating from... read more

Gary Shteyngart Little Failure

Contributor(s): Gary Shteyngart | Sarah Churchwell

02/03/2014 - 8:00 pm

Little Failure is the alarming pet-name given to the young Gary Shteyngart by his father when growing up in pre-Glasnost Russia is a remarkable immigrant memoir... read more

Film Double-Bill: Lea Goldberg and Yona Wallach

Contributor(s): Yair Qedar | Chair 2

02/03/2014 - 6:30 pm

Israeli filmmaker Yair Qedar comes to Jewish Book Week for the UK premiere of two documentaries, The Five Houses of Lea Goldberg (2011) and The Seven Tapes (201... read more

Douglas Hurd and Edward Young on Disraeli

Contributor(s): Douglas Hurd | Edward Young

02/03/2014 - 6:30 pm

In Disraeli or, The Two Lives former foreign secretary Lord Hurd and Edward Young tell the story of Benjamin Disraeli, a bankrupt Jewish school-dropout and tras... read more

Andrew Hussey The French Intifada

Contributor(s): Andrew Hussey | David Aaronovitch 

02/03/2014 - 6:30 pm

Beyond the affluent centre of Paris a guerrilla war is ablaze between the secular French state and the former subjects of its Muslim North African colonies. In ... read more

Gideon Lewis-Kraus A Sense of Direction

Contributor(s): Gideon Lewis-Kraus | Gary Shteyngart | Naomi Alderman

02/03/2014 - 5:00 pm

“If David Foster Wallace had written Eat, Pray, Love it might have come close to approximating the adventures of Gideon Lewis-Kraus”, wrote Gary Shteyngart ... read more

Clive Sinclair Death and Texas

Contributor(s): Clive Sinclair | Cathy Galvin

02/03/2014 - 5:00 pm

The stories in Clive Sinclair’s fourth collection range from New Orleans and Texas to Peru and Venice, and their cast includes Davy Crockett, Princess Diana a... read more

Claudia Roden The Food of Italy

Contributor(s): Claudia Roden

02/03/2014 - 5:00 pm

Tuscany has never been closer to King’s Cross. Claudia Roden, a sell-out speaker at the festival with The Food of Spain in 2012, returns to talk about an imp... read more

Jane Rogoyska Gerda Taro and photojournalism

Contributor(s): Jane Rogoyska | David Mazower

02/03/2014 - 5:00 pm

Pioneering photographer Gerda Taro died in combat in the Spanish Civil war, aged 26. She did not live to see her partner Robert Capa become the world’s most c... read more

Claudia Roth Pierpont Roth Unbound

Contributor(s): Claudia Roth Pierpont | Tim Martin

02/03/2014 - 3:30 pm

Philip Roth has produced some of the greatest literature of the 20th century, yet there has been no major critical work about him to date. Now, for the first ti... read more

Mark Dapin Spirit House

Contributor(s): Claire Fox | Mark Dapin

02/03/2014 - 2:00 pm

David is 13 and confused. His mum has gone off with her lover and sent David to his grandparents to give her new relationshp some “space”. David’s gra... read more

Gianni Picco and Gabrielle Rifkind The Fog of Peace

Contributor(s): Giandomenico Picco | Gabrielle Rifkind | Fergal Keane

02/03/2014 - 2:00 pm

Peacemaking challenges every fundamental idea that we hold. Why should we talk to the enemy? What happens if people are nasty and brutish and we want to retalia... read more

Adam Foulds and Sheila Heti Multiples

Contributor(s): Adam Foulds | Sheila Heti | Laura Barber

02/03/2014 - 2:00 pm

Two young novelists discuss an extraordinary literary relay game in which dozens of writers have a go at translation, the thread of a story passing from culture... read more

Jews and Music under Nazi rule

Contributor(s): Michael Haas | Raphaël Jerusalmy | Norman Lebrecht

02/03/2014 - 12:30 pm

Michael Haas’s Forbidden Music looks at the Jewish composers and musicians banned by the Third Reich and the consequences for music throughout the rest of the... read more

The Talmud The book that shaped Judaism

Contributor(s): Harry Freedman | Jacqueline Nicholls | Naftali Brawer

02/03/2014 - 11:00 am

The Talmud is a repository of centuries of rabbinic wisdom on law, legend and life, with a dialectic structure setting it apart from virtually any other text. H... read more

Keiron Pim and Miri Rubin Medieval Norwich

Contributor(s): Keiron Pim | Miri Rubin | Rebecca Abrams

02/03/2014 - 11:00 am

How was life for Jews in medieval England? Recent scholarship and a groundbreaking new translation of Hebrew poetry from Norwich shed light on a dark period of ... read more