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Dec 1, 2015

Contrary to its dull image, the financial world is actually full of strange and wonderful conundrums. In Dinosaur Derivatives and Other Trades, Jeremy Josse, who has been an executive in some of the world’s leading financial institutions, explores the philosophical puzzles in the industry, highlighting the hypocrisies and moral dilemmas that lie at the heart of the system. He will discuss the paradoxes of finance that shape our world today with media executive Stephen Grabiner.

Jeremy Josse trained as a lawyer before moving into finance. He has co-headed the FIG teams both at Pierpont securities and Rothschild’s US.

Stephen Grabiner is a private media investor and philanthropist. His current positions include National Independent Director of Times Newspapers Ltd and Chairman of The Jewish Chronicle.

Dec 1, 2015

Nicholas Winton, regarded as Britain’s Schindler, was a young stockbroker in 1938 when he masterminded an operation to rescue 669 children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. His daughter Barbara Winton shares with Philippe Sands the motivations that led her father to undertake such a dangerous quest and the difference that even one person can make to combat the forces of evil.

Barbara Winton was born in 1953 and is the daughter of Nicholas and Grete Winton. She works in Complementary Therapy. She has inherited two main traits from her father: a love of gardening and a zest for intense discussions about world affairs.

Philippe Sands is a barrister in the Matrix Chambers and is also Professor of International Law at UCL. His books include Lawless World and Torture Team. His new book is out soon.

Dec 1, 2015

Maureen Lipman introduces The Chaim Bermant Award for Journalism, produced for Jewish Book Week 2015. The award is presented in memory of the late journalist and author, at once “Anglo-Jewry’s voice of conscience” and, by his own typically tongue-in-cheek designation, “a licensed heretic.” Contributors are the judges: journalists Miriam Gross, Gerald Jacobs and Geoffrey Paul, with readings by Maureen Lipman.

Miriam Gross is a Jerusalem-born journalist. She has been a literary editor of The Sunday Telegraph and an arts editor of The Daily Telegraph. She is a diarist for The Spectator and the author of An Almost English Life, a memoir. 

Gerald Jacobs is literary editor of The Jewish Chronicle. He has contributed to most major UK publications, including The Times and the FT. He is the author of the first authorised biography of Judi Dench and the bestselling Sacred Games.

Geoffrey Paul served journalistic apprenticeships in Wales and Yorkshire, before coming to London as editor of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Working for the JC, he succeeded William Frankel as editor, retiring from the newspaper 23 years ago.

Maureen Lipman is an award-winning actress, columnist and comedienne. Her extensive work includes See How They Run, which won the Olivier Theatre Award for Best Comedy Performance, Oklahoma and Roman Polanski’s The Pianist.

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Nov 2, 2015

In Scots Jews: Identity, Belonging and the Future, photographer Judah Passow documents the life of Scotland’s contemporary Jewish community. His project has been exhibited in Edinburgh’s Parliament and in galleries across Scotland and the US. Kenneth Collins’s Jewish Glasgow: an Illustrated History focuses on the Jewish contribution to this renowned city. Together with journalist Hugo Rifkind, they explore the uniqueness of the Jewish community north of the border – at once proud Scots and firmly rooted in Jewish tradition. 

Judah Passow is the winner of four world press photo awards for his coverage of conflict in the Middle East. His photographs have been published in leading UK and international newspapers and magazines and exhibited worldwide. 

Kenneth Collins is chairman of the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre, writing much on the Jews of Scotland. He is currently a visiting professor at the Medical Faculty of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Hugo Rifkind is an award-winning Edinburgh-born journalist who writes columns for The Times, The Spectator and GQ. He writes the satirical column “My Week” on Saturdays and is a frequent panellist on BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz.

Nov 2, 2015

Linguist David Crystal and his actor son Ben travel the world in search of the stories of spoken English. Witty, authoritative and jam-packed full of fascinating facts, their latest book You Say Potato celebrates the myriad varieties of English and how our accents speak louder than words. Join them on this dramatic, linguistic and familial journey. 

Ben Crystal is an actor, author and producer, best known for his work on performing and promoting the works of William Shakespeare in the so-called "original pronunciation."

David Crystal is a linguist, writer, editor, lecturer and broadcaster. He has been a university professor and is the author of many books, including encyclopedias on language for Cambridge University Press.

Nov 2, 2015

Eva Schloss recounts the story of her long journey home after the liberation of Auschwitz and looks back at her family’s culturally rich life before tragedy struck. Her story begins in Amsterdam, like Eva Schloss’s school-fellow, Anne Frank, whose father married Eva Schloss’s mother after the war. This remarkable woman tells a tale of both tragedy and survival that induces humility and awe in all privileged to hear it.

Eva Schloss became a professional photographer after the war (using the Leica camera, a present from Otto Frank). She co-founded The Anne Frank Trust in 1990 and educates people on the perils of intolerance through her books and talks.

Nov 2, 2015

Actress Maureen Lipman joins poet Jeremy Robson in reading from his powerful and witty new collection of poetry – Blues in the Park – described by her as “a marvellous wry observation of the sweet, sour and savoury in life.” Maureen also contributes a few of her own witty monologues. Expect some literary surprises, and badinage à la Lipman...

Jeremy Robson, publisher and poet, worked with David Ben-Gurion, Marc Chagall and Carl Jung while a junior editor. He published high-profile authors with his own company Robson Books and set up the Robson Press in 2011.

Maureen Lipman is an award-winning actress, columnist and comedienne. Her extensive work includes See How They Run, which won the Olivier Theatre Award for Best Comedy Performance, Oklahoma and Roman Polanski’s The Pianist.

Nov 2, 2015

Jewish Book Week co-presents this event with the Council of Christians and Jews.

Pope Francis’s rulings and decrees on religious and social issues affect people of all persuasions across the globe, not only Catholics. Paul Vallely’s recently acclaimed biography Pope Francis: Untying the Knots has been described by Mark Lawson as reading “like a lost, unexpectedly literate chapter of The Da Vinci Code.” Paul Vallely and chair of the Board of Deputies, Vivian Wineman, assess the ongoing influence of Pope Francis with Harry Freedman, author of The Talmud.

Paul Vallely is a writer and consultant on international development, religion and ethics. He has worked in newspapers, broadcasting, and with aid agencies, government and church organisation.

Vivian Wineman is president of the Board of Deputies and vice president of European Jewish Congress. A solicitor and property developer, he writes and lectures on Jewish history and law and is involved in interfaith work.

Harry Freedman has a PhD in the Aramaic translation of the Torah. His publications include The Gospels' Veiled Agenda and he contributed to the Encyclopedia of Modern Jewish Culture.

In Association with the Council of Christians and Jews.

Oct 15, 2015

Together with Pushkin Press, Jewish Book Week is delighted to launch the English edition of Ayelet Gundar-Goshen’s One Night, Markovitch, a colourful debut novel tracing the destinies of a group of young people on the eve of WWII. Ayelet Gundar-Goshen will be talking to author and analyst Josh Cohen about her characters and exploring some of the strengths and weaknesses behind the Zionist narrative. The book’s film-rights have already been bought by the director ofEast is East.

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen is an Israeli author, scriptwriter and filmmaker. She has won awards for her screenplays and films, as well as winning the Sapir Prize for debut fiction for One Night, Markovitch.

Josh Cohen is Professor of Modern Literary Theory at Goldsmiths College, University of London and a psychoanalyst in private practice. His latest book is The Private Life: Why We Remain in the Dark.

 

Oct 15, 2015

Rich with humour and insight, hailed as “The Great Israeli Novel” (Time Out, Tel Aviv) Assaf Gavron’s prize-winning The Hilltop is a monumental and daring novel about life in a West Bank settlement. Perched between serious ideas and wild satire, vibrantly inventive storytelling and acute realism, its territory is the divisive and disputed realm of the religious settlers. Assaf Gavron will be interviewed by Oxford academic, Sara Hirschhorn.

Assaf Gavron is an award-winning Israeli novelist, translator and musician, currently teaching at the University of Nebraska. He has written five novels, a collection of short stories and recently co-edited the anthology Tel Aviv Noir.

Sara Yael Hirschhorn lectures at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. She is a regular op-ed contributor to Haaretz and other periodicals, as well as a frequent public speaker and consultant on Israeli and Jewish issues.

Oct 15, 2015

Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson returns to Jewish Book Week to discuss his enigmatically titled novel J with John Mullan. The work is a dystopian fiction set in a future where the past has become a dangerous country. Steeped in mystery and interwoven with romance, this compelling novel explores whether the past can ever truly be left behind. Howard Jacobson, wordsmith par excellence, is a tour-de force both on and off the page.

Howard Jacobson is a multi-award winning writer of 13 novels and five works of non-fiction as well as a regular contributor to major newspapers and journals. He won the Man Booker Prize for The Finkler Question

John Mullan is Professor of English at UCL and Head of Department, specialising in 18th century literature. He is a regular television and radio broadcaster and writes on contemporary fiction for The Guardian

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Oct 15, 2015

AB Yehoshua, one of Israel’s foremost writers and public intellectuals, considers how Jewish culture is now reflected through the prism of contemporary Israeli society. What are the cultural consequences of Israel's recent social and political upheavals? 

AB Yehoshua is the recipient of many prizes, including The National Jewish Book Award and was shortlisted for the first ever International Man Booker. Pushkin Children's Books has recently published his critically acclaimed The Story of Crime and Punishment, the retelling of Dostoyevsky's classic. 

 

Apr 2, 2015

Gemma Levine presents her photographic memoir: Just One More…. With talent and verve, Gemma has photographed many of the prime movers of the 20th century, from actors to artists, prime ministers to royalty. She developed a personal relationship with many of her sitters and, as she will be divulging to Miriam Stoppard, Gemma’s vignettes are as revealing as her images.

Gemma Levine is best known for her striking black and white photographs and her subjects who range from cultural icons to royalty. She has published 20 books of photographs and presented over 60 exhibitions worldwide.

Miriam Stoppard is a doctor, author, television presenter and advice columnist. She has presented scientific and medical programmes including Don’t Ask Me and has written several books on health issues.

Apr 2, 2015

Biographer and journalist Chloe Schama dedicated her first book,Wild Romance, to her father “who taught me how to tell a story.” Simon and Chloe engage in an intimate and lively conversation about family bonds, parental expectations, intergenerational values and the nature of creativity. Their interviewer is writer Francesca Segal, daughter of Erich Segal.

Chloe Schama is a writer and journalist living in Washington DC. She writes for The New Republic and her first book Wild Romance: The True Story of A Victorian Scandal received a dazzling reception.

Simon Schama is Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University. A writer, journalist and broadcaster, he has written and presented 40 films for the BBC, including his Story of the Jews, based on his two-volume work of the same name.

Francesca Segal is a writer and journalist. Her first novel, The Innocents won many awards, including the 2013 National Jewish Book Award and the 2012 Costa First Novel Award. Her new novel will be out in 2015.

Apr 2, 2015

Marcus Yakovlevich Rothkovitz, aka Mark Rothko, emigrated from the Russian Empire to the US aged 10 to become one of the most influential and original painters of the 20th century. Annie Cohen-Solal, the French cultural historian, has had unique access to previously unseen archival material Yale monograph and the result is a vivid and detailed portrait of this complex and brilliant man.

Annie Cohen-Solal is a French cultural historian and award-winning biographer of Sartre and Leo Castelli. She has been affiliated with prestigious institutions around the world, currently Stanford, and lives between Paris and Cortona.

Andrew Renton is director of the Marlborough Contemporary gallery and Professor of Curating at Goldsmith’s College, University of London. 

Mar 26, 2015

Michael Ignatieff and Philip Lopate are joined by Adam Mars-Jones to celebrate the art of the essay at Jewish Book Week 2015.

Mar 26, 2015

John Gray talks with Yuval Noah Harari about his new and fascinating book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind at Jewish Book Week 2015.

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