Fantastic fiction line up at Jewish Book Week 2016

Virginia Baily ● Joan Bakewell ● Tracy Chevalier ● Alex Clark ● Esther Freud ● Jeremy Gavron Victoria Glendinning ● Lyndall Gordon ● Ayelet Gundar-GoshenArlene Heyman● Howard Jacobson ● Judith Kerr ● Linda Kelsey ● Irma Kurtz Adam LeBor Ben Markovits ● Rowan Pelling Francine Prose Meg Rosoff ● Hannah Rothschild ● Polly Samson ● Anne Sebba ● Erica Wagner 

Jewish Book Week (JBW) will see a host of critically acclaimed, best-selling novelists discuss their books, passions, ideas and personal experiences as part of the festival’s nine-day programme of events taking place in London in February.     Authors participating in the 2016 programme include:

  • Sunday 21 February, 14:00-15:00. Location: Kings Place

Prize-winning author Meg Rosoff revealing her first novel for adults, Jonathan Unleashed, a romantic comedy set in Manhattan, in conversation with broadcaster and journalist Rowan Pelling

  • Sunday 21 February, 15:30-16:30. Location: Kings Place

Celebrated author and illustrator Judith Kerr who will be talking about her life and books, including her latest illustrated novel, Mr Cleghorn’s Seal, in conversation with writer and broadcaster Nicolette Jones

  • Wednesday 24 February, 13:00-14:00. Location: JW3

Leading novelists Tracy Chevalier and Esther Freud in conversation with documentary-maker Olivia Lichtenstein in ‘Fertile Imaginations’ – an event that will see the two writers talk about the creative process, their stories and writing historical fiction, as well as their contribution to the forthcoming collection of short stories, Reader, I Married Him

  • Wednesday 24 February, 14:30-15:30. Location: JW3

Two of our fastest rising literary stars, Polly Samson and Virginia Baily, will discuss their compelling new novels, The Kindness and Early One Morning, with former magazine editor and author Linda Kelsey

  • Sunday 28 February, 12:30-13:30. Location: Kings Place

‘Love, Art and Literature’ – celebrated author and critic Francine Prose and the new Chair of the National Gallery Hannah Rothschild – author of The Improbability of Love – discuss their writing and passions with Erica Wagner

  • Sunday 28 February, 14:00-15:00. Location: Kings Place

Following her acclaimed début One Night Markowitz, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen will discuss her new novel, Waking Lions, with Josh Glancy

  • Sunday 28 February, 15:30-16:30. Location: Kings Place (in association with the Society of Authors)

‘Forgotten Fictions: The Wise Virgins’ – celebrating Persephone Press’s new edition of Leonard Woolf’s forgotten classic, The Wise Virgins, written on the Woolfs’ honeymoon in 1912, the semi-autobiographical novel examining moral, personal and social dilemmas is discussed by Leonard Woolf’s biographer Victoria Glendinning, with Lyndall Gordon and Anne Sebba

  • Sunday 28 February, 15:30-16:30. Location: Kings Place

‘Nordic Noir’ – two of Northern Europe’s most celebrated crime fiction writers, Harri Nykänen, creator of Jewish detective Ariel Kafka, and Swedish best-seller Kristina Ohlsson, in conversation with fellow thriller-writer, Adam LeBor

  • Sunday 28 February, 17:00-18:00. Location: Kings Place

‘Shylock is my Name’ – Man Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson’s profound and provocative re-telling of The Merchant of VeniceShylock is My Name – will be the topic under discussion with the Guardian’s Alex Clark

  • Sunday 28 February, 17:00-18:00. Location: Kings Place (in association with Bloomsbury)

‘Scary Old Sex’ – New York psychoanalyst and Bernard Malamud’s muse, Arlene Heyman introduces her debut collection of short stories, revealing what really goes on in people’s minds, relationships and their beds.  Arlene will be in conversation with Irma Kurtz

Also in the 2016 programme – author Frederic Raphael will discuss his autobiography and latest novel with Joan Bakewell; Ben Markovits will present his darkly comic novel You Don’t Have To Live Like This with Tim Martin; bestselling author and award-winning journalist Jonathan Freedland will discuss The 3rd Woman, (the first thriller to be published under his own name) with Mark Lawson; and leading Israeli novelist AB Yehoshua will introduce his novel The Extra, in conversation with Oliver Kamm. Novelist Jeremy Gavron will take part in a non-fiction event, in conversation with writer and sociologist Anne Karpf, to discuss A Woman on the Edge of Time – his moving memoir investigating the events and pressures that led to his mother’s suicide when he was just four.

Literary prizes feature with the announcement of the shortlist for the JQ Wingate Prize on Sunday 21 February at Kings Place, where this year’s judges Hugo Rifkind, authors Samantha Ellis and Tahmima Anam and Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg will be in conversation with Jewish Quarterly editor Nicola Christie.

In addition to events focusing on fiction, JBW, London’s International Festival of Arts and Ideas, will feature topical debates, interviews, performance, debut writers, writers-in-translation and fringe events, designed to appeal to all ages, faiths and ethnicities, covering, amongst other areas: art and photography; biography & memoir; religion & society; science & technology; private passions; and war & conflict.

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