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TOP NAMES TURN OUT FOR JEWISH BOOK WEEK 2001

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3-11 March 2001

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TOP NAMES TURN OUT FOR JEWISH BOOK WEEK 2001
Programme details announced for Jewish Literary Event of the Year

The programme for this year’s Jewish Book Week demonstrates why it is recognised as the major Jewish literary event in Europe.
Judaism has views on every aspect of life, and Jewish Book Week is a festival of Jewish literature and culture in all its manifestations. The 2001 programme covers the Jewish perspective on Sex, Politics, Feminism and Philosophy as well as Poetry, Food, Humour and Psychoanalysis…with contributions from a host of Jewish and non-Jewish authors and commentators.

Lord [Melvyn] Bragg, Vanessa Feltz, Simon Hughes MP, Jonathan Miller, the Rt. Rev. Hugh Montefiore, Esther Rantzen, Chief Rabbi Dr Jonathan Sacks, Will Self, Joshua Sobol, David Vital and Lord [Robert] Winston are just a few of the speakers who will be appearing at Jewish Book Week between March 3rd and 11th 2001 at the Royal National Hotel in Central London.

The programme kicks off on a topical note, with a debate marking the launch of Bernard Wasserstein’s Divided Jerusalem, including Israeli, Palestinian, Christian and Muslim viewpoints, while the keynote event on Monday evening offers a personal perspective on writing Jewish history by award-winning historian David Vital. Among highlights during the week, Will Self will be in conversation with Melvyn Bragg, the former Bishop of Birmingham, Hugh Montefiore, will discuss conversion and D.D Guttenplan will talk about the David Irving libel trial. Vanessa Feltz joins a panel to review Jewish writings on sex, while the Chief Rabbi and Jonathan Miller are among a group reassessing the work of Sigmund Freud. A provocative series on My Bible features contributions from author Jenny Diski, Robert Winston, Rabbi Sidney Brichto, Simon Hughes MP and the Dean of St John’s College, Cambridge, Dr Andrew Macintosh. The festival of Purim on the Thursday evening celebrates two aspects of Esther, as Esther Rantzen’s autobiography is launched on the day of Queen Esther herself. Leading Kosher caterer Carole Sobell shows that there’s more to Jewish cookery than chicken soup, and Jewish Book Week 2001 concludes with Kosher Whine - readings from favourite Jewish humorists by actor and broadcaster Kerry Shale.

Tickets are 5 for each event*, or a 25 Festival Pass offers entry to all events during Jewish Book Week (*My Bible sessions, which each last approximately 30 minutes, are free of charge.) Alongside the packed programme, the free entry book fair will be displaying and selling a large and diverse array of books.

Jewish Book Week takes place at the Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, London WC1. Opening hours 10.30am-10.30pm Sunday-Thursday, Friday 10.30am-2pm, Saturday night 7.30pm-11pm. Tickets go can be purchased from the Box Office by telephoning 020 8201 8206, and full details are on the official website at www.jewishbookweek.com

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February 2001
Notes to editors
Jewish Book Week has been running for fifty years, and is the largest annual Jewish book event in Europe, featuring authors of major significance, as well as the biggest stock of Jewish books for sale anywhere in the world.
Programmes are available from selected bookshops, arts and communal centres or by telephoning the Jewish Book Week Box Office on 020 8201 8206. It can also be seen on the official website at www.jewishbookweek.com

All events are open to accredited journalists.
Press enquiries, full programme details and accreditation requests to:
Martine Reuben or Andrea Marks at
Andrea Marks Public Relations
146 Edgwarebury Lane, Edgware, Middlesex HA8 8NE.
Telephone 020-8 958 4398. Fax 020-8 905 3727. email andrea_marks@compuserve.com

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