Literature

Freedland gloom as Israel boycott is applauded

By Marcus Dysch, July 14, 2011

A culture of "impunity, racism and genocidal tendencies has overtaken Israeli society", according to Palestinian boycott activist and author Omar Barghouti.

Mr Barghouti was speaking in support of a boycott motion proposed at a London Literature Festival debate at the Southbank Centre on Sunday.

He was joined by Seni Seneviratne, a British-Sri Lankan poet who is a member of British Writers i

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Writers urge UN Security Council for Syria resolution

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2011

The Israeli author Amos Oz has joined six other intellectuals including the French Jewish philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy in calling on the UN Security Council to go further in its reaction to the government crackdowns in Syria.

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On this day: Erich Segal was born

By Anna Slater, June 16, 2011

Coming from two generations of rabbis, Erich Segal was expected to attend yeshiva and follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.

But desperate to pursue a career in writing, he struck a deal with his father as a teenager. He would be allowed to attend a mainstream school, as long as he agreed to spend his evenings studying the Bible at the local Jewish Theological Seminary.

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Library admits failure over 'Jewish plot' book

By Robyn Rosen, June 10, 2011

Camden Council has admitted that a series of failures led to a book entitled Are English Jews responsible for 9/11? being available on the shelves of a library for the last two years.

Gillian Freedman, a member of Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, discovered the book, by Devdas Pradesh and published in America, in Kilburn Library's modern history section.

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Israeli author wins prestigious Jewish literary award

By Gerald Jacobs, June 10, 2011

Israeli novelist David Grossman has won the 2011 Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize, the UK's foremost Jewish literature award. Early this week, a packed audience in the Stern Pissarro Gallery, off Pall Mall, heard writer Lisa Appignanesi, this year's chair of the JQ-Wingate judges, announce the result of the most eagerly awaited contest for many years.

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Israeli David Grossman wins Wingate Prize for army story

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2011

An Israeli writer has won a £4,000 literary prize for his novel about a mother dealing with having a son in the IDF.

David Grossman was one of six writers of both fiction and non-fiction in the running for Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Literary Prize, which was presented last night in London.

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Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen wins Spanish prize

By Jennifer Lipman, June 1, 2011

Leonard Cohen has been awarded a prize dubbed the Spanish Nobel Prize.

The legendary singer - songwriter is this year's recipient of the Prince of Asturias Award for Letters. The prize, which will be given out at special ceremony in autumn, is worth £44,000.

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Philip Roth wins Man Booker International

By Jennifer Lipman, May 18, 2011

Philip Roth has been awarded the 2011 Man Booker International prize.

The biannual prize, given out this year for the fourth time, is worth £60,000.

Mr Roth was honoured over 12 other writers including Australian Jewish author David Malouf.

The 78-year-old, whose body of work includes Portnoy's Complaint and The Plot Against America, saw his 31st book published last year.

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Leeds football author unites judges

By Jessica Elgot, May 12, 2011

A book exploring the connection between Leeds United and the city's Jews has been named Football Book of the Year.

The Promised Land: The Reinvention of Leeds United, by Mirror sportswriter and Leeds fan Anthony Clavane was honoured at the British Sports Book Awards.

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Nicole Krauss up for Orange Prize for Fiction

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2011

The American writer Nicole Krauss has been shortlisted for this year’s Orange Prize for Fiction, the UK’s only award specifically for women writers.

Ms Krauss is up for the £30,000 prize for her third book Great House, the follow-up to her international bestseller The History of Love.

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