Literature

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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Kafka's personal letters sold to Oxford library

By Jennifer Lipman, April 7, 2011

Oxford University's library has bought a collection of letters that shed light on Jewish writer Franz Kafka's personal life.

The collection, sold to the Bodleian for an undisclosed sum this week includes more than 100 letters and colour postcards sent by Kafka to his youngest sister Ottla in the early 20th century.

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On this day: Allen Ginsberg dies

By Jennifer Lipman, April 5, 2011

On his death at the age of 70, the JC eulogised Ginsberg as "a lay cantor-rabbi for the worldwide "make love not war" movement". Fourteen years later, his name and straggly-bearded image remain as iconic as they were at the height of the hippie era.

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Howard Jacobson shortlisted for 'Jewish Booker' prize

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2011

Booker prize winner Howard Jacobson has been nominated for British Jewry's top literary award.

Mr Jacobson's The Finkler Question is one of six books, both fiction and non-fiction, shortlisted for the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Literary Prize.

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