Come along to the Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival
The inaugural Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival is less that 8 weeks away and the recently unveiled program suggests a literary extravaganza for book lovers.
The Festival opens Saturday, 31 May with a gala event, “It Started With a Word”, hosted by Rachel Berger. Following this are two action-packed days of interviews, panel discussions, book signings, poetry readings and more: showcasing some of the best homegrown and overseas writers who are Jewish or explore Jewish themes in their work.
The Festival will spotlight several new books including a preview look at Kooshyar Karimi’s Leila’s Secrets, out later this year. Sydney writer Linda Jaivin will be there to sign copies of her new book The Empress Lover and prolific children’s author, Goldie Alexander, will launch That Stranger Next Door. Other new books profiled include Eva Slonim’s Gazing at Stars, Howard Goldenberg’s Carrots and Jaffas, Julie Szego’s The Tainted Trial of Farah Jama and Suzy Zail’s Alexander Altmann A10567.
Sunday’s children’s program comprises a cartooning workshop with Andrew Weldon, a picture book workshop with Esther Takac and a delightful reading of Where the Wild Things Are with puppeteer and performance artist Lana Schwarcz.