MUL­TI­CUL­TURE

The Jewish Chronicle - - ARTS&BOOKS -

OTHER HIGH­LIGHTS OF Jewish Book Week 2008 will in­clude the ap­pear­ance of four lead­ing ex­po­nents of what is now an es­tab­lished lit­er­ary genre: the Lon­don-based mul­ti­cul­tural novel. In the Jewish cor­ner will be Naomi Light­man, run­ning a read­ing group, and Char­lotte Men­del­son, par­tic­i­pat­ing in a dis­cus­sion on “fam­ily af­fairs”. On the non-Jewish side will be Mon­ica Ali, talk­ing about Lon­don’s East End with Bernard Kops and Oona King; and Zadie Smith, who will be in tan­dem with Adam Thirl­well, au­thor of what David Her­man on th­ese pages last week called “one of the most amus­ing, lively and en­joy­able books about lit­er­a­ture writ­ten in the past 30 years”. The pair will be “in praise of di­as­po­ras”.

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