Jewish Book Week 2023 Saturday 25 February - Sunday 05 March | Tickets now on sale

Judy Batalion

Judy Batalion is the author of White Walls: A Memoir About Motherhood, Daughterhood and the Mess in Between and most recently The Light of Days: Women Fighters of the Jewish Resistance. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the ForwardVogue and many other publications. Judy has a BA in the history of science from Harvard, and a PhD in the history of art from the Courtauld Institute, University of London, and has worked as a museum curator and university lecturer. Born in Montreal, where she grew up speaking English, French, Hebrew and Yiddish, she now lives in New York with her husband and three children.

Bookniks: Is Humour Good for the Jews?

We brought you some of the hottest Jewish talent on the comedy circuit for what was an hour of laughs, discussion and kvetching. Jonny Geller asked whether humour is good for the Jews. We also had Canadian comic Judy Batalion, multi-talented Penelope Solomon, everybody’s favourite UK-born Borshtbelt entertainer, Sol Bernstein, and dazzling Adam Bloom. It was a night to remember.

Josh and Judy’s Speed Read

Looking for adventure, romance, political satire? Worried about what’s left on the shelf? We helped participants find a book they will treasure for years to come. Participants brought along their favourite underrated book and enthused about it for 1 minute – speed reading rather than speed dating. Guided by the hosts Josh Cohen and Judy Batalion, a whole world of literature was discovered in the space of an hour, and there was a chance to win a mystery literary prize.

The Light of Days: Women Fighters of the Jewish Resistance
A New York Times bestseller and already optioned by Steven Spielberg, The Light of Days author Judy Batalion joins us live from the US to discuss what Philippe Sands called “an untold story of rare and captivating power” of the Polish Jewish women who took on the Nazis. These ‘ghetto girls’, many in their teens, had witnessed the brutal murder of their families. With courage, guile and nerves of steel they became the heart of a wide-ranging resistance network,...