Events 2010

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Little Bookniks – the Interactive Literary Lounge

07/03/2011 - 4:00 pm

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JCC presented a fair for the little literati, Little Bookniks, at Jewish Book Week 2010. Little ones had the chance to step inside their imagination and be i...
Torah Queeries Workshop: Reading the Bible Through a “Bent Lens”

07/03/2010 - 4:00 pm

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Following on the ancient tradition of interpreting the Torah portion by portion, Torah Queeries brought together some of the world’s leading rabbis, schola...
Lookit Cookit

07/03/2010 - 3:45 pm

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Remember being told: ‘Don’t play with your food’ ? This is the opposite, a cookbook for kids filled with recipes they can actually make, an...
The Ultimate Book Guides

07/03/2010 - 3:45 pm

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The editors of The Ultimate Book Guide joined us at JBW 2010 as well as not one, but two much loved children’s writers, former Children’s Laureate, A...
Shmendrick and the Croc

07/03/2010 - 3:30 pm

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Shmendrick and his friend the Croc travel through the Jewish year, sharing in its joy, searching for its meaning and having small adventures along the way. T...
The Human Condition

07/03/2010 - 3:30 pm

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We were delighted to launch two great works of fiction: Amy Bloom’s Where the God of Love Hangs Out and So Much for That, by the author of We Need to Talk ...
Marriage, Motherhood and Murder

07/03/2010 - 3:30 pm

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Licoricia of Winchester was a prominent Jewish business woman close to Henry III whose rise to fortune makes for a fascinating read. Why was she brutally mur...
History Revisioned: Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean

07/03/2010 - 11:15 am

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The author/historian on pioneer Jews in the New World will argue that a tipping point in the readmission of Jews to Great Britain was a heretofore unreported...
Writing to Change the World

07/03/2010 -

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Here were three writers not afraid to tackle serious issues: racism and homophobia, the right to die, the meaning of art, the absurdity of cycles of vengeanc...
Reflections on the Bibilical Unconscious

07/03/2010 - 3:15 pm

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The great Torah scholar and philosopher underpins literary analysis with classical Freudian concepts to offer us an increased understanding of the motivation...
Queer Jewish Culture

07/03/2010 - 3:00 pm

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Intersections and overlap between Queer and Jewish cultures were prominent within classic Yiddish films and writing and have resurfaced ever since. The synth...
Anne Fine

07/03/2010 - 2:45 pm

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Anne Fine is one of our most prestigious authors, translated into thirty five languages. In this family session, Anne answered the questions she is asked mos...
The Stuff of Legend

07/03/2010 - 2:45 pm

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Award-winning writers Inbali Iserles and Justin Somper joined us to talk about their worlds of adventure beyond the familiar time and spaces. Somper spoke ab...
Memory and Revival

07/03/2010 - 2:45 pm

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In Rediscovering Traces of Memory, Jonathan Webber, with the help of Chris Schwarz’ arresting colour photographs of present-day Polish Galicia, has capture...
The Books of Esther

07/03/2010 - 2:15 pm

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Esther David has been compared both to Isaac Bashevis Singer and Rohinton Mistry. The author of The Book of Esther and Shalom India Housing Society told us w...
Meet the Cult Author

07/03/2010 - 2:15 pm

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Pawel Huelle has a cult following both in Poland and internationally. A novelist, playwright and newspaper columnist, he worked for Solidarity, was a univers...
Time Travelling in Polish Literature

07/03/2010 - 2:00 pm

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From the urban decadence of Yiddish theatre to the timeless world of the shtetl, Henry Goodman and Beverley Klein gave voice to the prose, poetry and drama o...
Celebrating Irène Némirovsky

07/03/2010 - 1:30 pm

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The dramatic discovery and publication of Suite Française, a manuscript her two daughters had carried around with them unaware of its value, made Irène Né...
A Way Forward?

07/03/2010 - 12:15 pm

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The relationship between Israel and the Diaspora has never been as complex. While a peaceful solution remains as elusive as ever, the debate rages on, polari...
The Good Doctor

04/03/2010 - 5:00 pm

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‘John Marks is something of a national treasure. He is a man whose life for more than 40 years marched in beat with that of the National Health Service. Th...
Chez Elles

15/04/2010 - 4:15 pm

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The award-winning author of Five Photos of My Wife and Chez Moi spoke to Claudia Roden about her passions for writing and cooking and how they complement eac...
36 Arguments for the Existence of God

06/03/2010 - 4:15 pm

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She is glamorous, incredibly bright and has a great sense of humour. Together with her husband, Steven Pinker, his generation’s most influential cognit...
Writing Workshop: From Memoir to Fiction

06/03/2010 - 4:30 pm

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This workshop looked at how you can turn your life into fiction. After examining examples from various writers, participants discussed how to select material...
True Tales?

06/03/2010 - 4:15 pm

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For the first time, JBW commissioned new work; storytelling with a common theme. We entitled this evening ‘True Tales?’ and selected some of our favourit...
Workshop: Free Up Your Writing

04/03/2010 - 5:00 pm

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Behind every published work is a creative life and commitment to regular writing. This workshop was an opportunity to explore the raw end of writing: how to ...
The Dove Flyer

04/03/2010 - 4:45 pm

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When his Uncle Hizkel is arrested, Kabi and his family face an uncertain future as do all Jews living in Baghdad. It is 1950 and each member of Kabi’s circ...
A Different World, Poland’s Jews, 1919-1943

04/03/2010 - 4:45 pm

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(Struggles for Poland, Channel 4) Documents through archival films, stills, interviews and readings the once flourishing and dynamic community of Poli...
The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law

04/03/2010 - 4:30 pm

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Two cult figures in the fight for justice, looked back on Albie Sachs’ life-long devotion to the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. For this he pa...
Democracy at Risk

06/03/2010 - 4:45 pm

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Our panel discussed the threats to democracy. In Freedom for Sale John Kampfner explores the widespread surrender of freedom for stability and wealth. Eric K...
Reading Group: Journey into the Past by Stefan Zweig

06/03/2010 - 11:00 am

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The story of two lovers separated by war, class and fortune, Zweig’s long-lost final novella – recently discovered in manuscript form – is ...
Book of Clouds

03/03/2010 - 10:45 am

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Chloe Aridjis read from The Book of Clouds and discussed her highly atmospheric novel, set in contemporary Berlin, yet fraught with a sense of fragmentation ...
Documentary Film: Into the Arms of Strangers

03/03/2010 - 10:45 am

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Narrated by Oscar winner Judi Dench, this film is written and directed by Mark Jonathan Harris, writer and director of the Academy Award-winning feature docu...
Bad Ideas? How our Finest Inventions May Finish Us Off.

03/03/2010 - 10:45 am

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Professor Winston, one of the world’s leading experts in human reproduction, took a fresh look at man’s greatest discoveries and questioned whether our d...
Save the Children

03/03/2010 - 10:45 am

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Susan Soyinka told the story of the evacuation of the Jewish Free School to Cornwall during World War Two and a remarkable story of integration into village ...
Imagine… Arthur Miller: Finishing the Picture

02/03/2010 - 11:30 am

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Alan Yentob spends three days with legendary American playwright Arthur Miller, during the course of which Miller extensively discusses his life and wo...
Stories about Stories: Etgar Keret Masterclass

02/03/2010 - 11:30 am

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This was a unique opportunity to meet with award-winning writer Etgar Keret who read some stories about writing (some yet unpublished) and spoke about the cr...
Arthur Miller

02/03/2010 - 11:15 am

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Access to previously undisclosed papers proved a gold mine to captivating storyteller Christopher Bigsby. In his masterly biography, he relates how Miller su...
Judeities

03/03/2010 - 11:00 am

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Hélène Cixous, one of France’s foremost intellectuals, spoke to writer and literary critic Nicholas Royle. They considered “Judeities”, a word and no...
What have we learnt (if anything) from the economic crisis?

03/03/2010 - 10:00 am

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Have we learnt anything from the economic crisis that rocked the world only too recently? At the time of going to print, the UK was one of the few Western co...
Voodoo Histories

03/03/2010 - 11:00 am

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David Aaronovitch has always been fascinated by the absurdity of conspiracy theories, from allegations that the moon landings were fake, to the attribution o...
Schools Morning

01/03/2010 - 12:15 pm

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Year 6 and 7 classes were invited to sample some of the most exciting parts of the festival including talks, music and readings from actors. Danish wr...
Extraordinary War Stories

01/03/2010 - 12:00 pm

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Rosemary Bailey’s book, Love and War in the French Pyrenees, offers an emotional history underlying the bitter facts of wartime in the Pyrenees and the uns...
Goals for Galilee: We Too Have No Other Land

01/03/2010 - 12:00 pm

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2007, Israel, 62 min Jerrold Kessel and Pierre Klochendler This film is based on the book, Goals for Galilee, a winning soccer-based diary, played out...
Extremely Bad and Incredibly Cruel

01/03/2010 - 11:45 am

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Etgar Keret stopped eating meat aged five after his father told him that hunters killed Bambi’s mother in order to eat her. Jonathan Safran Foer was inspir...
CrocAttack!

01/03/2010 - 11:45 am

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We met with one of Israel’s most exciting young writers who was translated in English and discovered a gripping, novel that explores the minds of both seri...
Day after Night

28/02/2010 - 2:45 pm

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The author of the Red Tent told us about her new mesmerising new novel, Day after Night, a story of friendship set in a camp in Palestine between four women ...
Leading from the Front

28/02/2010 - 2:45 pm

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Fighting the fascists, building an empire, the object of scandal, suffering bankruptcy, rebuilding both empire and reputation, public benefactor, Gerald Rons...
The Poetry Hour

28/02/2010 - 3:00 pm

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This was a moving event with readings and musings from three major poets. They may be about Budapest or the East End, film reels or music scores, philosophy ...
Collette Hassan Evening: Defining a Moral Compass for the 21st Century?

01/03/2010 - 11:30 am

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Jonathan Sacks and Susan Neiman outlined their visions for addressing the ethical challenges, both religious and secular, confronting us in the 21st century....
A Beginner’s Guide to Jews on the Edge

28/02/2010 - 2:15 pm

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On half-Jews, non-jewish-Jews, self-hating Jews, anti-semitic Jews, et al… Two of the most formidably minded polemicists on the literary scene discu...
A Senseless Squalid War

28/02/2010 - 2:00 pm

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Drawing on a rich medley of official documents, private papers, personal reminiscences, even songs, Norman Rose’s A Senseless Squalid War offers eloquent e...
Psycho-Thrillers

28/02/2010 - 2:30 pm

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In the best traditions of historical crime writing, Philip Sington’s The Einstein Girl and Frank Tallis’ Deadly Communion interweave fiction and fact, as...
Trials of the Diaspora: A History of Anti-Semitism in England

28/02/2010 - 2:30 pm

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In his magnum opus, Anthony Julius looks fairly and squarely, with no propensity to exaggeration, at the history of anti-semitism from Medieval times with th...
Philipp Manes: A Thresienstadt Chronicle

28/02/2010 - 2:45 pm

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Philipp Manes spent two years in the Czech ghetto of Theresienstadt, where he played a minor role in the Jewish self-administration. He also organised over 5...
Long Shadows

28/02/2010 - 2:00 pm

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The horrors of WWII, what led to them and their aftermath, are at the heart of these outstanding novels by German writer Julia Franck (The Blind Side of the ...
Unravelling the Truth about the Eitingons

28/02/2010 - 2:00 pm

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The editor of the LRB presented the biography of her remarkable Russian family whose story spans fur trading in the Pale of Settlement, spying on the Soviets...
The House of Rajani

28/02/2010 - 1:45 pm

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Bestselling 2009 Sapir Prize winner, Alon Hilu shed light on the present through his representation of the past. He told the partly true story of the difficu...
A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs

28/02/2010 - 1:30 pm

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Author of A Fine Romance, cultural critic David Lehman, joined us at JBW 2010. He delved into the American songbook—the compendium of music written from th...
Hebrew Language Session

28/02/2010 -

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שלושת הסופרים הישראלים שהם גם מחברי רבי מכר וזוכי פרסים, ישתתפו בדיון עם יד על הדופק של...
Sir Moses Montefiore

28/02/2010 - 12:45 pm

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Abigail Green’s biography of Sir Moses Montefiore has been hailed by Niall Ferguson as a “masterpiece”. In this talk, she showed how Montefiore’s...
Clarice Lispector

28/02/2010 - 12:30 pm

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In his internationally acclaimed biography of Clarice Lispector, Why this World, Ben Moser traces the roots of the mysterious Brazilian novelist -this “rar...
George Webber Evening: The Ascent (and Descent) of Money

28/02/2010 - 12:15 pm

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We were delighted to welcome Niall Ferguson, one of those rare historians who is equally brilliant investigating the past, and analyzing the present. The aut...
The Universal Language of Mathematics

28/02/2010 - 12:45 pm

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The two mathematicians, known for their ability to make their science understandable and enjoyable to the most reluctant person, discussed the unreasonable e...
Football across Borders (The Talk)

28/02/2010 - 12:30 pm

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Assaf Gavron, the author of CrocAttack, Uri Sheradsky, editor of the monthly sports magazine, Shem Hamisehak, both members of the Israeli writers’ foot...
Mister Rosenblum’s List or Friendly Guidance for the Aspiring Englishman

28/02/2010 - 12:15 pm

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We were some of the first to discover brilliant debut novelist Natasha Solomons (a few weeks before her novel hits the bookstores) and hear the heart-warming...
Sex, Lies and Regal Japes; The story of Esther, the sex-crazed king and his evil counsellor

28/02/2010 - 3:00 pm

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A Purim Spiel, with a contemporary twist, bringing a little bit of Persia to Bloomsbury, with a backbeat of Iranian rhythms and all hosted by our favourite m...