Jewish books

Journalist wins prestigious Chaim Bermant prize for articles on French antisemitism

By Sandy Rashty, February 23, 2015

A journalist who wrote a five-part series on the rise of antisemitism in France has won the prestigious Chaim Bermant Prize for journalism at a Jewish Book Week session.

Marc Weitzmann, the former editor-in-chief of French cultural magazine Les Inrockuptibles, received the prize on Sunday for his work, ‘France’s Toxic Hate’.


Anthony Horowitz to write new James Bond novel

By Naomi Firsht, October 2, 2014

Anthony Horowitz, author of the teen spy series Alex Rider, is set to write the next James Bond adventure.

Mr Horowitz told the BBC that Ian Fleming’s hero had a profound influence on his life, adding: “This is a book I had to write.”

The author was given permission to write the novel by the Fleming estate.


Howard Jacobson makes it to Man Booker shortlist

By Rosa Doherty, September 9, 2014

Howard Jacobson is one of six shortlisted authors for the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, it was announced today.

The author has been nominated for his book J, along with Joshua Ferris, Richard Flanagan, Karen Joy Fowler, Neel Mukherjee and Ali Smith.

Mr Jacobson, who once described himself as "a Jewish Jane Austen", won the prize in 2010 with his novel, The Finkler Question.


Stefan Zweig - a reputation regained

By Oliver Kamm, May 9, 2014

Stefan Zweig, one of the most popular authors of his time, killed himself in February 1942, at the age of 60. He took poison. So did his wife, Lotte.

They were in exile in the Brazilian town of Petropolis. Zweig’s neatly handwritten suicide note is stored at the National Library of Israel. It’s a poignant reflection on his years of wandering since leaving Austria in 1934.


Maimonides - a philosopher for all time

By David Conway, April 25, 2014

In each of his three successive main works, Moses Maimonides made a major contribution to Jewish thought any one of which would have secured him a place in the annals of Jewish history.


Jewish figures condemn government's prison books plan

By Daniel Easterman, April 10, 2014

A group of leading Jewish figures has condemned government regulations preventing prison inmates receiving books through the post.

In a letter to The Times signed by 18 rabbis, journalists and activists, the group wrote: “Jewish culture is united by a deep-rooted conviction in the power of the written word. We are therefore sensitive to any attempt to restrict access to books.”


Dancing and tweeting - my Jewish Book Week experience

By Hester Abrams , March 6, 2014

So the festival’s over for another year. We’ve rolled down the banners and are writing our thank-you notes before launching into planning for 2015.


Book week: brain food… and food

By Jenni Frazer, February 27, 2014

Jewish Book Week opened with a bang on Sunday. Well, actually, with a flash.

At the instigation of Gefiltefest founder Michael Leventhal, JBW saw its first flashmob — 40 participants took to the stairs and balconies of Kings Place, the venue for the nine-day events, to sing and play spontaneous music from Fiddler on the Roof, to the delight of Sunday’s crowds.


Multi-millionaire plans to give books to UK children

By Simon Rocker, February 21, 2014

In the digital age, the People of the Book may be in the process of becoming the People of the iPad.

But for one American Jewish entrepreneur, a book at bedtime is still an irreplaceable experience for children.

Every month, Harold Grinspoon’s PJ Library sends out nearly 350,000 Jewish-themed books free for children aged from six months to eight years in the US, Israel and elsewhere.