The Jewish Literary Festival announces international authors and more

British author Simon Sebag Montefiore is the keynote speaker at next year's Cape Town Jewish Literary Festival

A number of international authors will be joining us for another profound and provocative Jewish Literary Festival to be held at the Gardens Community Centre on Human Rights Day, 21 March 2023. Adding to a truly varied literary feast, British author Simon Sebag Montefiore will be our keynote speaker, rounding off a day of extraordinary conversations.

Montefiore, award-winning British historian, novelist and television presenter, recently released his book The World – a family history. He will be discussing this extraordinary narrative which has been described as ‘A thrilling, epic and original history of humanity from a dazzlingly fresh and global perspective. Unlike any previous world histories, it uses family, the one thing all humans have in common, to tell the story. ‘The World’ is both a celebration and an indictment that takes the human story, in a single narrative by a master storyteller.’

More than 50 authors will gather for a series of panels on subjects that range from murder mystery, politics, history, business, and trauma to disruption, crime, memory, and music – something to suit everyone’s taste over the 26 events. Already confirmed and added to the line-up is international guest Louisa Treger, award winning historical fiction author of Madwoman, the story of Nellie Bly, and the best in local authors. Meet Janine Lazarus (Bait – to catch a killer), Tony Leon (Future Tense), Mandy Wiener (Gqimm Shelele – The Robert Marawa Story) Des Lindberg (Every Night is an opening night) and Jonathan Ancer (Mensches in the Trenches) and many more popular writers. The JLF team has planned thought-provoking discussions with familiar moderators who are highly respected professionals.

As you have come to expect from previous festivals, the day will be full to bursting but this festival will see more time between each session, allowing participants to chat, kvetch, eat, and buy books for signing by the authors. The Book Lounge will provide a pop-up store for easy purchasing. With our partners – the Jacob Gitlin Library, the Cape Jewish Chronicle, FMR 101.3, the SA Jewish Museum, Lift Airlines, and the Cape Town Holocaust and Genocide Centre – you can expect a day filled with books, lively conversation and the meeting of minds. Looking forward to seeing you there for a day that will blow your mind and feed your soul!

Booking will open in January so watch this space and book early to avoid disappointment.

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