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Events 2009

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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Get out of my Life…. But first take me and Alex into town

Contributor(s): Suzanne Franks | Rebecca Abrams

01/03/2009 - 2:45 pm

Suzanne Franks and Rebecca Abrams explored the mysterious world of teenagers and gave parents some tips on how to survive the period, remain sane and still love... read more

Pursuing Justice

Contributor(s): Thomas Buergenthal | Philippe Sands

01/03/2009 - 2:45 pm

Thomas Buergenthal is a truly remarkable man, now one of the 15 judges at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, responsible for trying war criminals.... read more

Major Farran’s Hat

Contributor(s): David Cesarani | Joshua Rozenberg

01/03/2009 - 2:15 pm

David Cesarani discussed his groundbreaking new book about the brutal murder of Jewish activist Alexander Rubowitz in Palestine in May 1947. Reading like a head... read more

The Arvon Foundation for Creative Writing Writers Surgeries

Contributor(s): Tiffany Murray

01/03/2009 - 2:00 pm

JBW 2009 hosted Six Exclusive one on one 50 minute sessions with Tiffany Murray, experienced Arvon tutor and well known writer. Participants brought a problem i... read more

Masters of Irony

Contributor(s): Robert Menasse | Alessandro Piperno | Hephzibah Anderson

01/03/2009 - 2:00 pm

Alessandro Piperno’s books have been described as post-Primo Levi literature. His novel,The Worst Intentions, is an irreverent description of 3 generations of... read more

Who Will Write Our History?

Contributor(s): Samuel Kassow | Ben Barkow

01/03/2009 - 12:45 pm

Hailed by the New Republic as possibly “the most important book of history that anyone will ever read”, Who Will Write Our History? tells the astounding sto... read more

A Disappearing Number

Contributor(s): Sophie Judah | Edna Fernandes

01/03/2009 - 12:30 pm

There are many theories about the origins of the various Jewish communities in India but fewer about their slow dissapearance, which can be attributed to intern... read more

Omega Minor

Contributor(s): Boyd Tonkin | Paul Verhaeghen

01/03/2009 - 12:30 pm

Paul Verhaeghen received the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for his truly amazing novelOmega Minor, an exploration of the world of Nazis and Neo-Nazis alike,... read more

The Yiddish Cabaret

Contributor(s): David Schneider | Michael Wex

01/03/2009 - 12:30 pm

Opening with a melange of memoir, twisted folktale and a Yiddish lesson from one of the pioneering figures in the North American storytelling revival, Michael W... read more

Tales of Everyday Craziness

Contributor(s): Jon Ronson

01/03/2009 - 12:15 pm

Award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Jon Ronson is fascinated by the irrational. He has exposed the outright lunacy of some of the world’s most ... read more

The Scribe Who Wouldn’t Scribble


01/03/2009 - 12:15 pm

The townsfolk of Kfar Milim are soon to be opening a Grand Synagogue. They need a new Torah scroll and want no one other than local legend, scribe Rav Katav to ... read more

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

Contributor(s): Alain de Botton

01/03/2009 - 12:00 pm

We spend much of our lives at work – but surprisingly little gets written about what makes work both one of the most exciting and most painful of all our acti... read more

In the Name of Love

Contributor(s): Aaron Ben-Ze'ev

01/03/2009 - 12:00 pm

Aaron Ben Zeev examined the dark side of romantic love. Disappointed ideals can mutate into frenzied violence and abandoned lovers resort to murder rather than ... read more

Friendly Fire

Contributor(s): A.B. Yehoshua | Lyse Doucet

01/03/2009 - 11:45 am

At the core of Yehoshua’s novel, Friendly Fire, is the pointless death of a young soldier, the actual meaning of military terminology and the devastating ... read more

Writing children’s books

Contributor(s): Adèle Geras

01/03/2009 - 11:45 am

This session was aimed at anyone who would like to write for children. The workshop outlined ways of getting your story on to the page and also discussed how be... read more

Story Spinners

Contributor(s): Adèle Geras | Lynne Reid Banks | Geraldine Brennan

01/03/2009 - 12:30 am

Two grandes dames of children’s literature met for the first time ever. Between them they have lived in ten countries, won countless awards and written over 1... read more