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Past Events

Here you will find information about all the past events at Jewish Book Week. Each page contains the programme details as published in advance, and - where available - a record of the event as it happened. 

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Bernard-Henri Lévy, Chair: Philippe Sands
Sunday, 5 March 2017


The George Webber Memorial Evening

Jacqui Dankworth, Oli Hayhurst, Maureen Lipman, Jeremy Robson, Art Themen, Charlie Wood
Sunday, 5 March 2017

A lively evening of jazz, blues, poetry and classic melodies featuring Jacqui Dankworth, Oli Hayhurst, Jeremy Robson, Art Themen and Charlie Wood.

Richard Aronowitz, John Steinberg, Chair: Jenni Frazer
Sunday, 5 March 2017

John Steinberg’s Blue Skies Over Berlin is a moving and thought-provoking book about guilt and identity, featuring a young German woman who moves to London from war-ravaged Berlin in 1956.

Giles Fraser, Chair: Richard Harries
Sunday, 5 March 2017

Giles Fraser, priest, columnist, broadcaster and educator talks to Richard Harries about his upbringing as the child of a Christian-born mother and Jewish-born father, describing his faith, his passions, his politics, and his hopes and qualms for the future. A man of high principles, he nevertheless admits to time spent on the naughty step. 

Avner Offer, Chair: Matti Friedman
Sunday, 5 March 2017

This extraordinary work, assembled in 1968 by Avner Offer – Oxford Professor of Economic History and a former soldier in the Six-Day War – is now published for the first time. Evoking the intimacy of a small unit in wartime, with its moral dilemmas and life and death experiences, the photographs bear witness to some of the most highly charged moments of the war.

The JBW Newsfeed

Jewish Book Week speakers Philippe Sands and Ayelet Gundar-Goshen have been chosen as joint winners of the JQ Wingate literary prize (worth £4,000)....
Friday, 24 February 2017
Rachel Tzvia Back received The Risa Domb/Porjes Prize and Natasha Lehrer won the Scott Moncrieff Prize at the award ceremony for the Society of...
Thursday, 23 February 2017
Congratulations to JBW 2017 speakers Sarah Moss and Adam Rutherford whose books The Tidal Zone and A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived...
Monday, 6 February 2017


David Grossman speaks with Mark Lawson at a special out-of-fesitval event.