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Jewish Writers at International Festival of Authors

The preliminary line-up of authors participating in the 31st annual IFOA in October is out.

By: Culture Staff
Published: June 15th, 2010 in Culture » Books » News
Michael WexPic: harpercollins.com

The preliminary line-up of authors participating in the 31st annual International Festival of Authors in October is out, and there are a few events of particular interest to the Jewish community:

Andrea Levy first gained notice with her semi-autobiographical debut novel, Every Light in the House Burnin’. Levy was born in London to Jamaican parents and carries Jewish blood from her father’s side (her grandfather converted to Christianity after marrying out of the faith and his family disowned him, as she wrote in this article). Her other works include Never Far From Nowhere, Fruit of the Lemon, Small Island, and the recently released The Long Song.

Myla Goldberg, best known for her breakout first novel Bee Season (adapted into a film of the same name in 2005), is also confirmed. Bee Season centers on a spelling bee star and her Jewish family. Goldberg’s other works include Wickett’s Remedy, essay collection Time’s Magpie, and her first children’s book, Catching the Moon.

Michael Wex, the Canadian author, novelist, and expert on Yiddish, gained fame with Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All Its Moods, a New York Times bestseller that was followed by Just Say Nu. He has also written How to be a Mentsh (And Not a Shmuck) and several fiction books.

Can-lit icon Yann Martel, whose latest novel Beatrice & Virgil deals with the Holocaust, will also be in attendance.

The IFOA presents a plethora of readings, panel discussions, onstage interviews, book signings, and a number of special events featuring the most exciting authors in contemporary literature. The preliminary line-up includes 71 authors writing in categories from literary fiction to picture books, narrative non-fiction to graphic novels, and poetry to thrillers.

IFOA runs Oct. 20-30, 2010. For more information, visit www.readings.org.

Related articles: books, international festival of authors, andrea levy, myla goldberg, michael wex, yann martel
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