Jewish books

3,000 years of culture in 10 volumes

By Simon Rocker, March 17, 2013

Just over a century ago Chayim Bialik, one of the forefathers of modern Hebrew literature, co-edited a book that was to become a standard text for generations of Israeli schoolchildren. Sefer Ha’Agadah, The Book of Legends, was a compilation of stories from the Talmud and Midrash.

More..

Five front-runners in novel race

By Jennifer Lipman, March 14, 2013

A novelist who brought to life the quirks of Jewish life in north-west London is in the running for the top prize given to female writers in the UK.

Francesca Segal is one of 20 novelists — five of whom are Jewish — shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, formerly the Orange Prize, which comes with a £30,000 cheque and the chance of increased publicity and book sales.

More..

The Ovitzes: The family of dwarfs who survived Auschwitz

By Anna Sheinman, February 28, 2013

An Israeli husband-and-wife team’s extraordinary story of a family of seven dwarfs who survived Auschwitz-Birkenau and the “Doctor of Death”, Joseph Mengele, will be brought to life at Jewish Book Week on Sunday.

More..

Stories and pictures

By Sipora Levy, February 27, 2013

The poet and art critic, Sue Hubbard, has written a richly layered book about Paula Modersohn-Becker, a little-known but pioneering expressionist German painter of the early 20th century, whose tragically short life produced over 400 paintings and drawings of exceptional quality (Girl in White, Cinnamon Press, £8.99).

More..

Jewish Book Week defends Lithuanian invitation

By Jennifer Lipman, February 14, 2013

The Jewish Book Week director has defended her decision to host the author of a controversial book about Lithuania that critics have labelled a “PR exercise” for the Lithuanian government.

Ellen Cassedy is to discuss We are here, which she said covers “brave” Lithuanians, “Jews and non-Jews… working in an often hostile environment to bring the Holocaust out into the open”.

More..

A Jewish Book Week to set our imaginations alight

By Zoe Winograd, January 10, 2013

The man responsible for the iconic London Olympic Games cauldron, Thomas Heatherwick, will be one of the highlight speakers at this year’s Jewish Book Week. Mr Heatherwick, whose Jewish grandmother fled Nazi Germany to come to London, will speak about his art and new book, Thomas Heatherwick: Making.

More..

Valeri Petrov: The bard of Bulgaria

By Oggy Boytchev, August 17, 2012

He writes in a language spoken by a mere seven million people. But he is revered as the master of modern Bulgarian poetry. And he is the only person in the world to have translated the complete works of Shakespeare in verse. He was 92 earlier this year and his name is Valeri Nissim Mevorah, better known by his pen-name, Valeri Petrov.

More..

Rare Hebrew treasures saved from skip

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 24, 2012

Thousands of Jewish books, some over 200 years old, have been saved after being discovered by workmen in a dilapidated house.

A passer-by alerted Higher Crumpsall Synagogue last Saturday after seeing hundreds of Jewish books being thrown into a skip in Salford by workmen.

More..

Jewish Book Week...for the deaf

By Jessica Elgot, February 2, 2012

Jewish Book Week is to make four of its events accessible to deaf audience members.

Those deaf or hard-of-hearing will be able to use live speech-to-text translation, transcribed by a reporter using a special phonetic keyboard, using technology from charity Stagetext.

More..

Jewish Book Week hunt for new director

By Jessica Elgot, October 27, 2011

The director of Jewish Book Week will step down following the 2012 festival after seven years in the post.

Geraldine d’Amico said it was “the longest I had ever been in a job” and hoped to go out with “the most successful year ever”.

More..