Festival 2021 Saturday 27 February - Wednesday 24 March | Tickets now on sale

upcoming events

The Happy Traitor: Spies, Lies and Exile

01/03/2021 - 10:30 am

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

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Oliver Kamm: Mending the Mind

01/03/2021 - 12:00 pm

Online Event, Available on KPlayer

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Travel Yearnings

01/03/2021 - 1:30 pm

Virtual Event, Available on Zoom

For millennia, Jews have embarked on pilgrimages to holy sites, often creating and collecting beautiful and moving materials to document and remember these j...

In Association with the National Library of Israel

Kings of Shanghai

01/03/2021 - 6:00 pm

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jonathan Kaufman reveals the epic, multigenerational story of two rival Jewish dynasties who flourished in...

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The Lives of Lucian Freud

01/03/2021 - 7:15 pm

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

Few knew Lucian Freud better than his collaborator and close friend William Feaver. Now the former Observer chief art critic and...

In Association with the London Library and the Rabin Chair Forum, George Washington University

Antisemitism & the Russian Revolution

01/03/2021 - 8:30 pm

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

When the Bolsheviks came to power in 1917, they announced the overthrow of a world scarred by exploitation and domination, but these sentiments were put to t...

In Memory of Jerry Gotel; In Association with the Rabin Chair Forum, George Washington University

Rescue: From Global Crisis to a Better World

02/03/2021 - 10:30 am

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

Ian Goldin draws on his recent book Terra Incognita: 100 Maps to Survive the Next 100 Years and his forthcomi...
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Jacob’s Advice

02/03/2021 - 12:00 pm

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

Described by the Daily Mail as “a thoughtful paean to Paris”, Jacob’s Advice – the second novel from Byron Easy author...
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The Language of Thieves

02/03/2021 - 1:30 pm

Virtual Event, Zoom

As a child The Written Word author Martin Puchner was told by his father about the secret code of Rotwelsch. A hybrid language asso...
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Yeshiva Days

02/03/2021 - 6:00 pm

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

New York’s Lower East Side has witnessed a severe decline in its Jewish population in recent decades, yet every morning in the big room of the city’s old...

In Association with the Rabin Chair Forum, George Washington University

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Kosher Poker

02/03/2021 - 7:15 pm

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

Poker has long been linked with both writers and the Jewish community. Journalist and poker player Shelley Rubenstein has been dealt a strong hand with her g...
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Modern Jewish Literature

02/03/2021 - 8:30 pm

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

From mass emigration out of Eastern Europe to the creation of Israel, the last century transformed Jewish life. The same was true of Jewi...

In memory of Dr David Cohen CBE

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Living with Other Species

03/03/2021 - 10:30 am

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

Humans have lived side by side with animals for millennia, but how much do we understand about this complex relationship? In How To See Birds: An Enthus...
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Taking Liberties: Jewish Women Poets

03/03/2021 - 12:00 pm

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

From Bible stories to re-envisioning the work of great artists, Aviva Dautch and Jacqueline Saphra explore, with conversati...
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The House of Fragile Things

03/03/2021 - 1:30 pm

Virtual Event, Available on Zoom

Between 1870 and 1945 several prominent French Jews, pillars of an embattled community, invested their fortunes in France’s cultural artifacts, sacrifi...

In Association with Lockdown University

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Hidden Heretics

03/03/2021 - 6:00 pm

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

What if openly questioning your religious faith would mean losing your family and the only way of life you have ever known? In Hidden Heretics ...

In Association with the Rabin Chair Forum, George Washington University

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Knowledge Under Attack

03/03/2021 - 7:15 pm

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

In our digital age, we are drowning in information, faced with new and complex challenges around data preservation and organisation; at the same time, media ...

In Association with the Rabin Chair Forum, George Washington University

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Why Do Jews Love The Godfather?

03/03/2021 - 8:30 pm

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

Five decades on, Francis Ford Coppola’s adaption of Mario Puzo’s novel remains at the top of numerous greatest movies ever lists. What is it about this v...

In Association with the Rabin Chair Forum, George Washington University

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Cities of Strangers

04/03/2021 - 10:30 am

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

In her latest book Miri Rubin illuminates life in European towns and cities for both the settled population and the newcomers who joined the...
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Heinrich Heine: Poet, Writer, Critic

04/03/2021 - 12:00 pm

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

Born in 1797 Heinrich Heine was a virtuoso German poet, satirist and visionary humanist whose dynamic life story and strikingly original writing are ripe for...

In Association with the Jewish Review of Books and the Rabin Chair Forum, George Washington University

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Lithuania’s Hidden Holocaust

04/03/2021 - 1:30 pm

Virtual Event, Available on Zoom

An alliance between a noted Nazi hunter and the descendant of perpetrators resulted in the remarkable Our People: Discovering Lithuania’s Hidden Holoca...
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You Talkin’ To Me?

04/03/2021 - 6:00 pm

Online Event, Available on KPlayer

From ‘con man’ to ‘rush hour’, New York City has given us numerous popular words and phrases, along the way fashioning a recognisable dialect all ...

In Association with the Rabin Chair Forum, George Washington University

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Lionel Shriver in conversation with Zoe Strimpel

04/03/2021 - 7:15 pm

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

The Orange Prize winning author of We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Mandibles returns to Jewish Book Week to discuss her career and give...
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Israel: Its Own Worst Enemy?

04/03/2021 - 8:30 pm

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

  A three-decade military career that began in 1963 saw Ami Ayalon awarded the Medal of Valour, and a meteoric rise to the position of Commander ...

In Association with Yachad

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A Human History of the Oceans

05/03/2021 - 10:30 am

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

For most of human history, the seas and oceans have been the main means of long-distance communication between peoples. To this day 90% of global trade is co...

The George Webber Memorial Event

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Journeys to Freedom

05/03/2021 - 12:00 pm

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

Two highly respected writers join Julia Neuberger to discuss the Jewish exodus from Europe before, during and after the war. In Nearly the New World: The...
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Love in Wartime

05/03/2021 - 1:30 pm

Virtual Event, Zoom

The Holocaust remains a subject difficult to grasp and almost impossible to document. Award-winning photographer Max Hirshfeld searched for decades for the r...
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How to Stay Sane

06/03/2021 - 6:45 pm

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

Award-winning novelist, TED speaker and activist Elif Shafak returns to Jewish Book Week with her concise and urgent call for conscious optimism in the age...

In Memory of Robin Hyman

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Jews Don’t Count

06/03/2021 - 8:15 pm

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

Those who think themselves on the right side of history often ignore the history of antisemitism, argues David Baddiel in his highly anticipated unique com...

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Survivors

07/03/2021 - 10:00 am

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

  How can we make sense of our lives if we do not know where we come from? A question at the heart of both Survivors: Children’s Lives After th...

In Association with the Second Generation Network

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George Steiner: A Celebration

07/03/2021 - 11:15 am

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

Stephen Greenblatt described polymath and polyglot George Steiner as, ‘one of the great, restless wanderers of modern criticism… His...
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The Third Reich and the Paranoid Imagination

07/03/2021 - 12:30 pm

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

“Brilliant … Deploying him against conspiracy theorists is a bit like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.” So says The Mail on Sunda...
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The Ghetto

07/03/2021 - 1:45 pm

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

Over the last 500 years the ghetto has accrued numerous contrasting and complex meanings; from the heart of Jewish culture in late medieval Western Europe an...

In Association with JCORE and with the Rabin Chair Forum, George Washington University

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David Thomson: Movie Directors

07/03/2021 - 3:00 pm

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

Over the last century our sense of what a director is or should be has shifted from a functionary to an important part of a wider team to the artist in charg...
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Around the World in 80 Plants

07/03/2021 - 4:15 pm

Virtual Event, Available of KPlayer

After his bestselling Around the World in 80 Trees – and the accompanying full-house talk at Jewish Book Week 2020 – environmentalist Jonathan Drori retu...
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Prince of the Press

07/03/2021 - 5:30 pm

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

  David Oppenheim, Prague’s chief rabbi from 1702 until his death in 1736, built an unparalleled collection of Jewish books and manuscripts, wh...

In Association with the National Library of Israel

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Boris Johnson: The Gambler

07/03/2021 - 6:45 pm

Virtual Event, Available of KPlayer

Hero or villain? Maverick or chancer? In his latest book Tom Bower, described by Tatler as “the master of the unauthorised biography”, takes on the curre...
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Feline Philosophy

07/03/2021 - 8:00 pm

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

When I play with my cat, how do I know she is not passing time with me rather than I with her?’ asked Montaigne back in the Renaissance. Present-day ph...
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The Disunited States

07/03/2021 - 9:15 pm

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

After the tumultuous tenure of Trump, what is next for America? After a year marked by the pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests, the 2020 election saw th...

Sponsored by Avi and Alison Goldberg

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2021 Festival Pass

07/03/2021 - 11:00 pm

Online only, Digital Pass

Book a pass to get access to all 50+ Jewish Book Week 2021 events from 27th February – 24th March 2021.


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Sunday 7 March Festival Pass

07/03/2021 - 11:00 pm

Online, Digital Pass

Buy a pass to watch all 10 events on Sunday 7 March


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Matthew d’Ancona: Identity, Ignorance, Innovation

16/03/2021 - 7:00 pm

Virtual Event, Available of KPlayer

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Louis Jacobs: Life & Legacy

18/03/2021 - 8:00 pm

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

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The Pandemic, the NHS and Me: Michael Rosen and Rachel Clarke

24/03/2021 - 7:00 pm

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

A unique chance to hear from two bestselling writers who experienced the Coronavirus crisis fir...

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