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Book Week 24 Keynote: Simon Schama

Jewish Literary Foundation presents Book Week 24

Sun 3 Mar

Book Week 24 Keynote: Simon Schama

Jewish Literary Foundation presents Book Week 24

Speaker Simon Schama
Chair Claudia Rubenstein

One of the JLF’s most popular speakers returns with a special event reflecting on his world-renowned work as a historian, broadcaster and academic.

As the Jewish Literary Foundation launches Book Week to continue the journey that was started 72 years ago with Jewish Book Week, who better to feature in their keynote than Simon Schama?

A regular at the festival for many decades, both as a sell-out speaker and avid audience member, this special event will reflect on his world-renowned work: as an award-winning and bestselling author from Two Rothschilds and the Land of Israel in the 1970s to last year’s Foreign Bodies; as Professor of History at Columbia and Honorary Fellow; and as a top BBC broadcaster for three decades. In conversation with Director of the Jewish Literary Foundation, Claudia Rubenstein.

This event will last approximately 1 hour, without an interval. 

About the speakers:

Simon Schama award-winning books, include The Embarrassment of Riches, Citizens, Landscape and Memory, Rembrandt’s Eyes, A History of Britain, The Power of Art, Rough Crossings, The American Future, The Face of Britain and The Story of the Jews. His art columns for the New Yorker won the National Magazine Award for criticism and his journalism has appeared regularly in The Guardian and the Financial Times, where he is Contributing Editor. He has written and presented more than fifty films for the BBC on subjects as diverse as Tolstoy and American politics, and he co-presented the landmark series on the history of world art, Civilisations. Most recently, his History of Now series aired on BBC2 in November-December 2022. Schama lives in New York and is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University. Foreign Bodies: Pandemics, Vaccines and the Health of Nations is his twentieth book.

Claudia Rubenstein is director of the Jewish Literary Foundation. She is also a historian and author, and has written for The Spectator, the TLS and other publications. Her most recent book is King of the North Wind, a biography of Henry II.

Date:Sun 3 Mar
Start time:3.30pm (Doors: 3pm)
Venue:Hall One
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