At this one-off out-of-festival event on Sunday, 12 July, the audience, whose ages ranged from 7 to 70, was spellbound by the inimitable Judy Blume in conversation with Sarah Churchwell. Many skipped Wimbledon Men’s Finals to listen to Judy. Animated questions from Judy’s fans of all ages contributed to a singularly upbeat event.
Jewish Book Week was sad to hear of the death of Sir Nicholas Winton, who passed away on the 1st July 2015 at the age of 106.
Sir Nicholas organised the escape of 669 children from Czechoslovakia in the months preceding the outbreak of World War II and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008.
The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck, translated from German by Susan Bernofsky and published by Portobello Books, has won the 2015Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Jenny Erpenbeck spoke on her astonishing novel at Jewish Book Week 2015.