Jewish Book Week is a unique nine-day literary festival in London which explores Jewish literature, ideas and culture.
The festival has been running since 1952 and no other Jewish cultural gathering has the pedigree of Jewish Book Week, or its track record of welcoming a galaxy of international talent to engage with Jewish ideas. In recent years we have welcomed speakers including Martin Amis, Hélène Cixous, Umberto Eco, Nora Ephron, Jacques Derrida, Niall Ferguson, Christopher Hitchens, Julia Kristeva, Steven Pinker, Albie Sachs, Raja Shehadeh, Zadie Smith and Cynthia Ozick.
For many, Jewish Book Week is a treasure trove of new ways to explore the latest and best thinking on a vast range of topics published in the last 12 months. The festival attracts audiences Jewish and non-Jewish, and visitors both religious and secular. Visitors come not just from all over the UK but also from Europe and further afield.
Increasingly too the festival attracts younger, more eclectic and diverse audiences from among the UK's many communities.
Jewish Book Week is presented by the Jewish Book Council, a registered charity dedicated to the promotion of reading of books on every aspect of Jewish life and literature.The festival is its major annual initiative and is organised and curated by a small professional staff with the help of volunteers and in partnership with many other organisations.
Jewish Book Week takes place in late February and early March every year and celebrated its Diamond Anniversary in 2012.
Since 2012 Jewish Book Week has been presented at Kings Place, a new arts venue in the London regeneration area of London’s King’s Cross, in collaboration with the Kings Place Music Foundation. Tickets for the festival can be bought from the Kings Place website.
Lin Morris, a visitor in 2012: “I loved the polished, professional venue. It puts Jewish Book Week on a par with all the other book fairs in the country. Can’t wait for next year.”