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Events 2019

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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The Cut Out Girl

Contributor(s): Bart van Es

13/03/2019 - 8:00 pm

Bart van Es’s The Cut Out Girl, described by Philippe Sands as ‘luminous, elegant, haunting’, tells the true story of the author’s grandparents, and the... read more

Jewish Voices

Contributor(s): Henry Goodman | Nicholas Hytner | Jason Isaacs | Emily Maitlis | Philippe Sands | Simon Sebag Montefiore | Janet Suzman | Zoe Wanamaker

10/03/2019 - 8:00 pm

The grand finale of Jewish Book Week 2019, in partnership with World Jewish Relief, is a celebration of the power of words. A stellar line-up, featuring Henry G... read more

Live Relay of Jewish Voices


10/03/2019 - 8:00 pm

This is a Live Relay of the event taking place in Hall 1. The grand finale of Jewish Book Week 2019, in partnership with World Jewish Relief, is a celebration o... read more

Gleaning Whitechapel’s Yiddishe Histories

Contributor(s): Louis Berk | Vivi Lachs

10/03/2019 - 8:00 pm

A stone wall or an iron gate reveal stories of community and schooling. An expression in a Cockney-Yiddish music-hall song or a union anthem from an 1889 tailor... read more

The Creation of a Female Writer

Contributor(s): Tracy Chevalier | Ayelet Gundar-Goshen | Fay Weldon | Sam Leith

10/03/2019 - 6:30 pm

Is the novel an inherently feminine form? And is it a distinctive thing to be a female novelist or is that in itself a misogynistic idea? Focusing on the writin... read more

Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History

Contributor(s): Steven J. Zipperstein | Trudy Gold

10/03/2019 - 6:30 pm

Steven Zipperstein retells the shattering story of the Kishinev riot of 1903 in late-Tsarist Russia. It dominated the headlines in the western press for weeks, ... read more

The Writing in the Stone

Contributor(s): Irving Finkel

10/03/2019 - 6:30 pm

Life into death, magic and demons. The landscape of this dark and powerful story is ancient Assyria some 3,000 years ago. It is a world where writing is in the ... read more

To Kill the Truth

Contributor(s): Jonathan Freedland | Matthew D'Ancona

10/03/2019 - 5:00 pm

Acclaimed journalist Jonathan Freedland presents a gripping new thriller, the latest from his blockbuster novelist alter ego Sam Bourne. Somebody is murdering ... read more

Dreamers: When the Writers Took Power

Contributor(s): Volker Weidermann | Rebecca Abrams

10/03/2019 - 5:00 pm

Munich, November 1918: in the final days of WWI, revolutionaries occupied official buildings and overthrew the monarchy. At the head of the newly declared Free ... read more

Saul Bellow: A Legacy

Contributor(s): Zachary Leader | David Herman

10/03/2019 - 5:00 pm

Zachary Leader presents the second volume of The Life of Saul Bellow. Arguably the greatest of American writers, Bellow’s enduring appeal perhaps lies in ... read more

The Nocturnal Brain: Tales of Nightmares and Neuroscience

Contributor(s): Guy Leschziner | Hugh Selsick

10/03/2019 - 4:30 pm

Dr Guy Leschziner, in conversation with sleep psychiatrist Hugh Selsick, takes a look at what really happens to our brain at night, taking us on a fascinating j... read more

Ben Hecht: The Greatest American Screenwriter

Contributor(s): Adina Hoffman | Adrian Wootton

10/03/2019 - 3:30 pm

Ben Hecht was, according to Jean-Luc Godard, ‘a genius’ who ‘invented 80% of what is used in Hollywood movies today’. Besides producing ... read more

The Monstrous Child

Contributor(s): Francesca Simon | Gavin Higgins | Simon Wallfisch

10/03/2019 - 3:30 pm

Bestselling children’s author and librettist Francesca Simon, with composer Gavin Higgins, produced an opera of her stunning epic Norse tale, The Monstrou... read more

A Weekend in New York

Contributor(s): Benjamin Markovits | Alex Clark

10/03/2019 - 3:30 pm

Paul Essinger, a tennis professional in his 30s, is about to play his final US Open. The bookies give him 1,200-1 odds on winning the title. Anxiety-ridden, com... read more

From Infinity to Man: The Fundamental Ideas of Kabbalah

Contributor(s): Eduard Shyfrin

10/03/2019 - 3:00 pm

Eduard Shyfrin, in a fresh and innovative exploration, reveals how the ideas of Jewish mysticism — or Kabbalah — resonate with 21st century science. read more

Tom Bower on Jeremy Corbyn

Contributor(s): Tom Bower | Mark Lawson

10/03/2019 - 2:00 pm

Acclaimed investigative journalist and bestselling biographer Tom Bower, author of 24 books including the lives of Robert Maxwell, Richard Branson, Tony Blair a... read more