This year we will be co-presenting one of the feature films at JIFF and we would love you to join us there.
Publisher Romy Moshinsky will lead a conversation with director Su Goldfish about her personal documentary, directly after the screening of The Last Goldfish. The film takes the viewer from Trinidad and Tobago to Berlin and everywhere in between. It was an audience favourite at the Sydney Film Festival and is not to be missed.
Mazal tov to a couple of Melbourne Jewish Book Week authors for their recent successes.
Now, back to planning MJBW 2018…
We wish you and your families a New Year of peace, happiness, health and fulfilment.
Reflecting on the year that was, we have certainly achieved a lot since our Industry launch in April! International and local authors and performers, book launches and writers’ workshops have all contributed to a busy debut year for Melbourne Jewish Book Week.
Your support has ensured the success of our events in 2017, and we look forward to delivering an exciting Book Week program in May 2018, featuring a broad selection of genres and themes presented by a diverse array of writers.
Watch this space for developments as our program evolves!
Before we close our calendar for the year and bury ourselves in the planning of next year’s inaugural MJBW festival, we would like to remind you of some exciting events taking place over the next few weeks.
Join us for Text Publishing’s official book launch of MJBW committee member Bram Presser’s The Book of Dirt, a “completely original novel about love, family secrets, and Jewish myths”. This will be a night not to be missed.
Critically acclaimed British author Rachel Seiffert will be with us directly from the Sydney Jewish Writers Festival. Rachel will be
In Conversation with Barbara Kamler to discuss her highly successful debut novel The Dark Room, which was turned into the award-winning film Lore, and her recently released A Boy in Winter.
Rachel is also running a limited-participant workshop on the art of building stories. This is a unique opportunity to enhance your writing skills with the assistance of an outstanding author.
Tuesday 29 August, 2017, 7.30pm
Location: Glen Eira Town Hall (corner Glen Eira & Hawthorn Rds, Caulfield)
Tickets: $20 (concession $18)
Don’t miss this special event! Rachel Seiffert (The Dark Room, shortlisted for the 2001 Man Booker Prize), will be In Conversation with Emeritus Professor Barbara Kamler (Deakin University) to discuss Rachel’s life, her writing and her new novel, A Boy in Winter.
Building Stories – Writers’ Workshop
Thursday 31 August, 2017, 7.00pm
The subject of Rachel Seiffert’s books is the individual in history – ordinary lives in extraordinary times. Join Rachel in a workshop that will reveal how to create tension and empathy through a structurally sound narrative that delves into the nuances of human behaviour.
Rachel Seiffert’s first book, The Dark Room (2001), was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and in 2003, she was named among Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. She has been translated into ten languages. Rachel has taught creative writing at Goldsmiths College, University of London and Glasgow University, and delivered seminars at the Humboldt University, Berlin, Manchester University and the Faber Academy in London.
Bram Presser: Book Launch
Thursday 7 September, 2017, 7.00pm
Location: Memo Music Hall, 88 Acland Street, St Kilda
Semi-reformed punk rocker, recovering academic, occasional criminal lawyer and one-time cartoon character, Bram Presser was born in Melbourne in 1976. He writes the blog Bait For Bookworms and is a founding member of Melbourne Jewish Book Week. His stories have appeared in Vice Magazine, The Sleepers Almanac, Best Australian Stories, Award Winning Australian Writing and Higher Arc.
In 2011, Bram won The Age Short Story Award. The Book of Dirt is his first novel.
Mark Baker: Author Talk
Thursday 14 September, 2017, 6.30pm
Location: Readings Bookstore, 112 Acland Street St Kilda
HAVE YOU PURCHASED YOUR TICKETS TO MELBOURNE JEWISH BOOK WEEK’S FIRST EVENT?
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear:
ALL AT OUR INAUGURAL GALA!
Date: Sunday May 28
Location: The Astor Theatre, St Kilda