Jewish Literary Festival on Human Rights Day

Aviva Pelham, of Camps Bay, will join a panel discussion at the Jewish Literary Festival.

The Jewish Literary Festival on Tuesday March 21, Human Rights Day, will host a series of panel discussions on business, politics, sport, history, narrative, identity, heroes, villains and more.

It will be held at the Gardens Community Campus, 88 Hatfield Street, Cape Town city centre, which comprises the SA Jewish Museum, Old Shul, Gardens Shul, Jacob Gitlin Library, Cape Town Holocaust and Genocide Centre, Café Riteve and Albow Conference Centre, from 9am to 6pm..

British historian Simon Sebag Montefiore is the guest of honour and will discuss his latest book, The World, which takes a wide-angle lens on global history via the shenanigans of ruling families through the ages.

Evita Bezuidenhout’s alter-ego Pieter-Dirk Uys joins a panel on breaking boundaries through the arts, with Aviva Pelham and Des Lindberg, and speaks of his Jewish roots in a performance titled, PS I’m Jewish.

In honour of Human Rights Day, co-editors and professors, Melanie Judge and Dee Smythe, discuss their book Unsettling Apologies; while the trauma of seeking justice is unpacked with authors Antony Altbeker, Liz McGregor, Janine Lazarus and moderator Beverly Lester.

Other international guests include British historical fiction writer Louisa Treger; Denis Hirson from France and John Schlapobersky from the UK.

Colin Coleman and Tony Leon discuss “SA – What next?” while “Disruption” also looks to the future – as Steven “Boykey” Sidley and Breach author Ronen Aires converse with Ran Neuner, host of CNBC’s Crypto Trader show.

Allen Ambor and Rael Levitt will discuss entrepreneurship and Thrive author Richard Sutton will also talk. Local authors Gail Schimmel, Kate Sidley, Jonathan Ancer, Nechama Brodie, Joanne Jowell and Patricia Schonstein join the line–up along with Hedi Lampert, Angela Rothbart and others.

There will be over 25 sessions. Enjoy a boxed lunch and coffee as part of the ticket price, browse books and chat to authors at the pop-up Book Lounge between sessions.

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