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Past Events

Binocular Vision
I Am Forbidden, Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death, The Summer My Father Died, The People of Forever, The Flame Alphabet
The Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize 2014
Chair of Judges: Rachel Lasserson. Judges: Josh Cohen, Jeremy Gordon, Catherine Taylor. Chair: Emily Kasriel
Wednesday, 26 February 2014

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Enjoy a glass of wine and listen to a lively discussion about the difficulties – and joys – of judging a completely disparate group of fiction and non-fiction books submitted for the prestigious £4,000 JQ Wingate Prize. Past recipients include Amos Oz, WG Sebald, Howard Jacobson, Zadie Smith and Shalom Auslander. The 2014 winner will be announced at the end of the event.

Shortlisted books:

Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman (Pushkin Press)

Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death by Otto Dov Kulka (Allen Lane)

The People of Forever Are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu (Hogarth)

The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus (Granta)

I Am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits (Hogarth)

The Summer My Father Died by Yudit Kiss (Telegram (Saqi)

Josh Cohen is Professor of Modern Literary Theory at Goldsmiths University of London and a psychoanalyst in private practice. He is the author of numerous books and articles on modern literature, aesthetic theory and psychoanalysis, including Interrupting Auschwitz: Art, Religion, Philosophy and How to Read Freud.

Jeremy Gordon is Rabbi of New London Synagogue and author of articles in academic and general Jewish publications. He blogs at rabbionanarrowbridge.blogspot.com  

Emily Kasriel is Head of Editorial Partnerships and Special Projects at BBC Global News, and a Visiting Fellow at the Said Business School, University of Oxford.   She is on the board of The Wingate Foundation, and the advisory board of Spark Inside.

Catherine Taylor was until recently Publisher at the Folio Society, and in that role was instrumental in the setting up and running of the inaugural Folio Prize for global English-language fiction, as well as numerous sponsorships and partnerships, including with Edinburgh International Book Festival. She has worked in the book industry for 20 years, for companies as diverse as the British Library and Amazon. Catherine is also a prolific literary critic and was the Guardian’s monthly debut fiction columnist from 2007-2012. She continues to write for the Guardian and Telegraph, and has also contributed to the Sunday Times, Independent on Sunday and New Statesman. .Catherine has a particular interest in the short story and in literature in translation.

Rachel Lasserson is the Chair of this year's judging panel. Founder of the Anglo-Brazilian Shakespeare Forum, she directed plays and taught physical theatre in England and Brazil. In 2007 she became Editor of the Jewish Quarterly, overseeing its redesign and securing its international distribution before retiring earlier this summer. She is currently developing a think tank on women's issues.

To buy books featured in this event please click hereTen per cent of all sale proceeds will go to Jewish Book Week, supporting the festival for future years.

 

 

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