She is glamorous, incredibly bright and has a great sense of humour. Together with her husband, Steven Pinker, his generation's most influential cognitive theorist, they form ‘America’s brainiest couple’ according to Salon magazine. Here they discuss Goldstein's hilarious new novel, 36 Arguments for the Existence of God.
They will explore the mystery of consciousness, the dynamic between reason and emotion and the pettiness of academic ambitions as well as simply tackle the very existence of God.
For the first time, Jewish Book Week will be commissioning new work; storytelling with a common theme. We have entitled this evening ‘True Tales?’ and have selected some of our favourite writers to present works of either truth or fiction.
The tales are themed ‘Imprints of Home and Exile’. This evening the writers will be offering suggestions of what remains when we leave home; which aspects of home leave us and which do we carry with us? Then it will be the turn of the audience to vote on whether the story they just heard was true or a tall tale….
The dramatic discovery and publication of Suite Française, a manuscript her two daughters had carried around with them unaware of its value, made Irène Némirovsky famous worldwide and a great writer cut down in her prime by the Nazis. Since then, almost her novels have been made available to British readers. The latest, Dogs and Wolves, tells the poignant story of a young woman moving from Kiev to Paris and shows the contrast between the shtetl environment and the privileged life led by rich Jews.
The great Torah scholar and philosopher underpins literary analysis with classical Freudian concepts to offer us increased understanding of the motivations of the men and women whose stories form the basis of the Bible. Looking at their interactions with the world, with God, and with hidden parts of themselves. Zornberg offers fascinating insight into the interaction between the conscious and unconscious and enhances our appreciation of the Bible as the foundational text in our quest to define what it means to be human.
From the urban decadence of Yiddish theatre to the timeless world of the shtetl, Henry Goodman and Beverley Klein will give voice to the prose, poetry and drama of a century of Jewish Poland interspersed with new musical arrangements from Lemez Lovaz.
They take us into an irrecoverable world, invoking deep pathos and great humour from writers including I.B. Singer, Y.L. Peretz, Bruno Shultz, Ida Fink, and Janusz Korczak, all the way through to second-generation writers from the Jewish Polish diaspora conjuring up the strongly felt presence and sense of loss.