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Sunday, June 13 • 9:00am - 10:00am
New Zealand Jewish literature – is there such a thing?

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When Gigi Fenster’s first book, The Intentions Book,  came out, a reviewer referred to it as ‘New Zealand’s first Jewish novel’. Gigi was not very happy about this. The label felt both constricting and inappropriate. With her memoir, Feverish, Gigi was more open to sharing herself as a Jewish author, visiting the Sydney Jewish Writers Festival and speaking about it at Limmud NZ in 2019. She remains, however, ambivalent about being characterised as a ‘Jewish writer’. Nadine Rubin Nathan set up a literary agency to find the widest possible audience for authors in New Zealand. She didn't intend for it to be focused on Jewish anything, but was thrilled to begin representing Gigi and happy to help her reach a Jewish audience with her work. Now Nadine fantasises about setting up a Jewish literary prize in New Zealand. Nadine Rubin Nathan, co-founder of Highspot Literary Agency, and Gigi Fenster, writer discuss whether there is such a thing as a (New Zealand) Jewish book, whether there is a distinctive Jewish voice, Jewish themes, or Jewish ideas, and how these are reflected in literature. 

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Gigi Fenster

Gigi Fenster’s first novel, The Intentions Book, was published in 2012 to glowing reviews. It was a finalist in the 2013 New Zealand Post Book Awards and was longlisted in the IMPAC Dublin Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. Gigi’s second book, Feverish, was a work of nonfiction... Read More →
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Nadine Rubin Nathan

Nadine Rubin Nathan has over 20 years of experience in publishing. She was editor in chief of ELLE in South Africa, an editor at Harper’s Bazaar and the New York Post in New York and a senior book editor at Assouline Publishing in New York. Nadine has written two travel guides... Read More →


Sunday June 13, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am NZST
C145
  Arts & Culture

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