Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson in conversation with Bryan Cheyette at Parkes Lecture this month

Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson in conversation with Bryan Cheyette at Parkes Lecture this month

The Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations and the University of Southampton are to host  a conversation between Booker-Prize winning novelist, broadcaster and public intellectual, Howard Jacobson and Professor Bryan Cheyette who has been writing on Jacobson since 1984 for this year’s Parkes Lecture.

Howard Jacobson’s memoir Mother’s Boy has recently been published and the interview will discuss that book and also his views on a variety of matters including novel-writing, novel-writers, Jewishness, table-tennis, antisemitism, market trading, television and Trump.

The event, which will be held on April 27 at the university’s Highfield campus and online via Zoom, is free to attend and all are welcome.

 Novelist, essayist, and broadcaster, Howard Jacobson, was born in Manchester,  and read English at Cambridge. He is author of 17 novels and several works of non-fiction. The Mighty Walzer, about a teenage table tennis champion, won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic writing. He would later win the prize again for Zoo Time. His next novel, Who’s Sorry Now was the first of four of his novels to be longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, followed by Kalooki Nights. He was awarded the Man Booker Prize for The Finkler Question in 2010. His novel, J, was shortlisted for the award in 2014. He is an honorary fellow of Downing College Cambridge and visiting professor at New College of the Humanities, Northeastern University London

Bryan Cheyette is soon to be Emeritus Professor in Modern Literature and Culture at the University of Reading. He has published eleven books most recently: Diasporas of the Mind: Jewish and Postcolonial Writing and the Nightmare of History (Yale University Press, 2014), and The Ghetto: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford UP, 2020). He is a Series Editor for Bloomsbury (New Horizons in Contemporary Writing) and is a Visiting Fellow of the Parkes Institute, University of Southampton. He has been writing on Howard Jacobson’s fiction since 1984.



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