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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Kafka’s Last Trial? Contested Literary Legacies and Cultural Property

Contributor(s): Benjamin Balint | Stefan Litt | Rebecca Abrams

10/03/2019 - 2:00 pm

When Franz Kafka died in 1924, his loyal champion Max Brod could not bring himself to fulfil his friend’s last instruction: to burn his remaining manuscri... read more

Forty is a Fearsome Age

Contributor(s): Pamela Druckerman | Natasha Lehrer

10/03/2019 - 2:00 pm

Forty, it has been said, is ‘the age when we become who we are.’ But does it ever feel like everyone — except you — is a proper adult? Do you wonder h... read more

The Book of Sarah

Contributor(s): Sarah Lightman

10/03/2019 - 1:30 pm

Sarah Lightman noticed that The Book of Sarah is missing from the Bible, so she set out to make her own. In this stunning visual autobiography from NW3 she ques... read more

Truth, Love, Jews and Food

Contributor(s): Matthew Stadlen | Tanya Gold | Jay Rayner | Jeremy King

10/03/2019 - 12:30 pm

Food: a subject close to our hearts and souls, as well as our stomachs. Two award-winning foodies —  journalist and Spectator restaurant critic, Tanya Gold, ... read more

Voices on the Page

Contributor(s): Alba Arikha | Yvonne Green | Alex Clark

10/03/2019 - 12:30 pm

Critically-acclaimed memoirist and author Alba Arikha joins poet and translator Yvonne Green in an exploration of how the literary voice represents the multipli... read more

Opening the Drawer: The Hidden Identities of Polish Jews

Contributor(s): Barry Cohen | Witold Krassowski | Antony Polonsky

10/03/2019 - 12:30 pm

In Opening the Drawer: The Hidden Identities of Polish Jews, Barry Cohen has brought together illustrated profiles of three generations of Poles who discovered ... read more

The Book Smugglers

Contributor(s): David Fishman | James Libson

10/03/2019 - 11:00 am

In a history book that reads like a thriller, The Book Smugglers charts the incredible story of the ghetto inmates who rescued thousands of rare books and manus... read more

The Cut Out Girl

Contributor(s): Bart van Es | Rebecca Abrams

10/03/2019 - 11:00 am

Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2018, and described by Philippe Sands as ‘Luminous, elegant, haunting’, The Cut Out Girl tells the true st... read more

Philip Roth: His Life and Legacy

Contributor(s): Ayelet Gundar-Goshen | Benjamin Markovits | Steven J. Zipperstein

10/03/2019 - 11:00 am

‘Literature isn’t a moral beauty contest’, claimed Roth, ‘The belief it inspires is what counts.’ Literary titan and multi-award w... read more

Antisemitism: The Longest Hatred

Contributor(s): Ruth Deech | Trudy Gold | Rod Liddle | David Triesman | Gavin Esler

09/03/2019 - 8:30 pm

Judeophobia, the great hatred. Is it a psychic aberration, a 2,000 year-old disease? Loathing of Jews has been a feature of Christendom since the first accusati... read more

Bertolt Brecht: The Poet Now

Contributor(s): David Constantine | Tom Kuhn | Janet Suzman | Sarah Gabriel | Joseph Atkins | Sue Parrish

09/03/2019 - 7:30 pm

David Constantine and Tom Kuhn have, for the first time, translated and edited the complete poems of Bertolt Brecht, the greatest German playwright of the 20th ... read more

Anita Lasker-Wallfisch: Addressing the Bundestag

Contributor(s): Anita Lasker-Wallfisch | Simon Wallfisch | Piano by Iain Farrington | Pianist/ Arranger: Iain Farrington

09/03/2019 - 7:15 pm

In January 2018, cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, a survivor of Auschwitz, and then of Bergen-Belsen, addressed the Bundestag to commemorate Holocaust Memorial D... read more

Is Humanity in Denial?

Contributor(s): Jodie Ginsberg | Jane Haynes | Keith Kahn-Harris | Mark Levene | James Libson | Lucy Siegle

07/03/2019 - 8:30 pm

The Holocaust never happened. The planet isn’t warming. Vaccines cause autism. All of us deny inconvenient truths sometimes, but what happens when denial beco... read more

Descent into Darkness

Contributor(s): Lisa Appignanesi | Marina Benjamin | Amanda Craig

07/03/2019 - 8:30 pm

In Insomnia, Marina Benjamin has produced an unsettling account of an unsettling condition, treating our inability to sleep not as a disorder, but as an existen... read more

Women’s London: A Tour Guide to Great Lives

Contributor(s): Rachel Kolsky

07/03/2019 - 8:30 pm

Join prize-winning tour guide, award-winning librarian and author Rachel Kolsky as she profiles her latest book, Women’s London. Inspired by walking tours she... read more

Speaking of Murder

Contributor(s): Anthony Horowitz | Anne Sebba

07/03/2019 - 7:00 pm

International bestselling author Anthony Horowitz talks about his ‘infectiously zestful’ novel, The Sentence is Death. Richard Pryce is a phenomenally succe... read more