Jewish Book Week: Göran Rosenberg in conversation with Sigrid Rausing
Göran Rosenberg is in conversation with Granta's Sigrid Rausing about his heart-stopping memoir of his father, A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz. The work is still gathering accolades and awards, after winning the most prestigious Swedish prize for literature, and the Prix du meilleur livre étranger (the French prize for foreign fiction). Philippe Sands has called the book "a towering and wondrous work about memory and experience." Göran Rosenberg was born in Sweden. He has worked as a journalist, broadcaster, essayist and documentary filmmaker and founded the monthly magazine Moderna Tider. He is the author of several multi-translated books. Sigrid Rausing is a publisher, philanthropist, anthropologist and the founder of the Sigrid Rausing Trust. She co-founded Portobello Books and publishes both Granta Books and Granta magazine. Her latest book is Everything is Wonderful.
Kings Place, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
Jewish Book Week: George Prochnik on "Reflections of Stefan Zweig and Exile"
George Prochnik's family fled Austria in the 1930s, at the same time as Stefan Zweig turned his back on Vienna for the last time. In The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World, Prochnik muses on the consequences of exile for Zweig and other émigré writers, such as Thomas Mann, Hannah Arendt and Bertolt Brecht, tracing Zweig's tumultuous journey to his final destination, Brazil. George Prochnik talks to Erica Wagner about the dramatic effects of exile on Zweig, other writers, and his own family. George Prochnik's essays, poetry, and fiction have appeared in numerous journals. He has taught English and American Literature at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and is editor-at-large for Cabine. He lives in New York. Erica Wagner was born in New York. She is former literary editor of The Times, a broadcaster and award-winning writer of many genres, including fiction, biography and poetry. In association with the Austrian Cultural Forum, London.
Jewish Book Week, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
Bath Literature Festival: Outside of Language With Louise Stern
London-based artist and writer Louise Stern grew up in Freemont, California, and is the fourth generation deaf in her family. Her debut novel 'Ismael and His Sisters' is set in a Mexican deaf community and is an extraordinary analysis of the way we experience the world and the barriers we build out of language.
Bath Literature Festival, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW
Bath Literature Festival: George Prochnik on Stefan Zweig
In the early 1930s Stefan Zweig was the most widely translated living author in the world. By 1934 he was living in exile, at one point in Bath. In 1942 he committed suicide. As Zweig's brilliance is rediscovered (his fans include historian Antony Beevor and actor Colin Firth), New York-based biographer George Prochnik presents a compelling insight into a lost world. "Fascinating" - Vogue.
Bath Literature Festival, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN
How to Academy: Travel and Explore – A Literary Travel Evening with Philip Marsden, Andrew Robins
Welcome to our inaugural evening, in partnership with Globalista, the first of an ongoing series at the Tabernacle. The Sense of Place will introduce travel writers, historians and explorers who will report for us on a rich medley of places and cultures. Philip Marsden on Ritual Landscape in Cornwall A different take altogether - on the unexplored place that is home, by the author of books about Ethiopia, Russia and Armenia. Philip Marsden will pay tribute to Cornwall, its tors, stonescapes and the strange white landscape of china-clay country.
The Tabernacle, The Tabernacle, 35 Powis Square, London, W11 2AY
Oxford Literary Festival: Julian Baggini on 'Freedom Regained: The Possibility of Free Will"
Writer and founder of The Philosophers' Magazine Julian Baggini tackles the question that has puzzled philosophers and theologians for centuries - do we have a free will? Baggini explores the concept of free will with a mixture of philosophy, neuroscience, sociology and cognitive science. And he sets out to challenge contemporary thinking that suggests free will is nothing more than an illusion. Baggini has written for many newspapers and for policy think tanks including the Institute of Public Policy Research, Demos and Counterpoint. He is author of the bestselling The Pig That Wants To Be Eaten, and of Do You Think What You Think You Think? (with Jeremy Stangroom), and What's It All About?: Philosophy and the Meaning of Life.
Oxford Literary Festival, University of Oxford, 34 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BD