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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


End of Arts Council funding for London Review of Books

By Jennifer Lipman, March 30, 2011

A literary magazine described by historian Benny Morris as sometimes being "no more than pro-Arab propaganda" will no longer receive any government funding.

The London Review of Books (LRB), published once a fortnight, had received £767,000 of public money to pay contributors since it was founded 31 years ago. However it did not apply for Arts Council support this year.


Philip Roth up for International Man Booker prize

By Jennifer Lipman, March 30, 2011

American author Philip Roth is in the running for the 2011 Man Booker International prize.

Mr Roth, whose 31st book Nemesis was published last year, is one of 13 finalists for the prize, which has been given out biennially since 2005 and is worth £60,000.


James Franco is Allen Ginsberg in Howl

By Jennifer Lipman, February 23, 2011
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Oscar nominated actor James Franco stars as Beat poet Allen Ginsberg in Howl, released this week.


Ian McEwan: Engage with Israel even if you disagree

By Jennifer Lipman, February 18, 2011

The British writer Ian McEwan has expressed his belief in the importance of engaging with Israeli politics rather than boycotting the country.

Speaking in Israel ahead of a ceremony at which he will receive this year’s Jerusalem Prize, Israel’s highest honour for foreign writers, Mr McEwan said: “You cannot isolate [literature] but I take it as a bad sign when politics permeates every corner of life”.

According to the Guardian, he added: “I don't feel I endorse every corner of Israel's domestic or foreign policy…but I feel it's right to engage with it."