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THE JEWISH LITERARY FESTIVAL HAS BEEN REIMAGINED!

JLF@home presents a new way with words – virtual conversations for you to enjoy from the comfort of your home.
With the postponement of the 2020 edition of the Jewish Literary Festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic
we did not want you to miss out on the unique JLF experience
so we decided to take the festival online.
Each Thursday at 8pm SAST we present a session that you would have enjoyed at the ‘in person’ Festival but can now enjoy in the comfort of your own home.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR UPCOMING ONLINE SESSIONS

Our virtual offering will give you exclusive access to some 20+ online sessions and their recordings and (if you are not a current ticketholder) you can now purchase
a single ticket at R40 per session or a season pass at R360.
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Book here via Snapscan

or via EFT using the details below:
Jewish Literary Festival Trust
FNB 62733406294
Generic Branch Code 250655
Beneficiary reference: Name/Date of Session or Name/Season Pass.
Please note: Current ticketholders will automatically have access to all the upcoming sessions.

JUST TO WHET YOUR APPETITE

Why not have a look at the webinars that we presented in May which were an exclusive offering to our current JLF2020 ticket-holders as a token of our gratitude. Recordings were made available for the wider audience and received very positive feedback.

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ABOUT US

ABOUT US


The first ever South African Jewish Literary Festival (JLF) in 2016 was a sold out event and soon became a regular occurrence on the communal calendar.

CURRENT EVENTS

CURRENT EVENTS

Please view our upcoming online sessions to book your tickets.

OUR READING

OUR READING


In an effort to bring you fresh and diverse voices, the team has pulled together new and exciting as well as longstanding favourites.

The Jewish Literary Festival in Cape Town joins international communities by hosting an event that celebrates the Jewish connection to words. The festival contributes to the cultural diversity of the Jewish community and provides an inclusive meeting place for the histories and experiences of South African readers and authors.

The dedicated team of volunteers behind the event seek to create a programme that promotes constructive dialogue and discussion in the true tradition and spirit of Jewish life.

The festival enhances the Cape Town Jewish experience by creating an annual event for readers and writers, of literature that is both overtly Jewish and that which has Jewish flavour, for all ages and across the spectrum of genres. It does so without promoting any single political or religious agenda. Connections are made over “book talk”, ideas posed and challenged, opinions formed and nudged, the base of Jewish readers broadened and a niche created for this otherwise under-represented category in the local publishing arena.


FEATURED AUTHORS

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Joanne Fedler
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Joanne Fedler

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Joanne Fedler is the internationally bestselling author of 11 books which have sold over 750 000 copies worldwide. She is a writing mentor and founder of Joanne Fedler Media.She’s fought for women’s rights to equality and freedom from violence, has an LLM from Yale and was once made Asshole of the Month by Hustler magazine.
Joanne Jowell
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With an academic background in English and Psychology, and a brief stint in Managing Consulting, JOANNE JOWELL began writing professionally at age 28 when she published her first book, Managing the Quarterlife Crisis: Facing life’s choices in your 20s and 30s (Struik, 2003). Over the course of a Masters degree in Creative Writing (UCT) and numerous subsequent books, Joanne has created a signature style of creative non-fiction, examining the multiple voices that collide in any single biography. These days, she is the author of such bestselling biographies as On the Other Side of Shame: An Extraordinary Account of Adoption and Reunion (Macmillan, 2009), and Winging It: Jonathan Kaplan’s Journey from World-class Ref to Rookie Solo Dad (Macmillan, 2018). Her latest, Zephany: Two mothers, one daughter (Tafelberg, 2019) is her sixth book.
Jonny Steinberg
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JONNY STEINBERG was born and raised in South Africa. He is twice winner of the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award and an inaugural winner of the Windham-Campbell Prizes in Literature awarded by Yale University. Steinberg was educated at the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Oxford. He teaches at Oxford's African Studies Centre and is visiting professor at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (Wiser). His previous books include A Man of Good Hope, The Number and Midlands.
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Steven "Boykey" Sidley

Steven 'Boykey' Sidley
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Steven Boykey Sidley is an award-winning and multi-shortlisted novelist, playwright and screenwriter published both locally and internationally, including South Africa, US, France and the UK.His novels in include the award-winning Entanglement, Stepping Out, Imperfect Solo and Free Association. Leaving Word is his fifth novel, a literary mystery set in the midst of the publishing industry.He is married to writer Kate Sidley and lives in Johannesburg, although a newly acquired second home in Cape Town may change that. The Sidleys have two children.
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Terry Kurgan

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Terry Kurgan is an eminent South African artist and writer based in Johannesburg. She has exhibited and published widely in South Africa and internationally. Kurgan more recently turned to creative non-fiction in relation to a haunting family history passed down through three generations. Her book Everyone is Present was shortlisted for the 2019 Arles Photo Book Prize and won the 2019 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award. She was a finalist in the 2019 National Jewish Book Awards (New York )
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Thomas Harding

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Thomas Harding is a bestselling author whose books have been translated into more than 16 languages. He has written for the Financial Times, The Sunday Times, the Washington Post, Spiegel and the Guardian. His books have won the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for Nonfiction, the JQ-Wingate Prize, have twice been shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award and longlisted for the Orwell Prize. Thomas has hosted a weekly radio programme, narrated audiobooks, and presented for BBC television.

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OUR UPCOMING ONLINE SESSIONS

23 July @ 8pm SAST: ‘The role and limits of lawfare in South Africa in 2020’. Judge Dennis Davis talks about his latest book to Prof. Pierre de Vos.

30 July @ 8pm SAST:A taste of South Africa with the Kosher Butcher’s Wife’. Sharon Lurie in discussion with foodie Ami Kapilevich about her third cookbook, the origins of her passion for food, family history, heritage, and how to take your meat dishes to the next level.