MJBW Summer Book Club: 
The Watermill

Join us as we resume our online events on the second Tuesday of each month in 2021. On Tuesday February 9th, tune in for our next seasonal book club.

Arnold Zable — one of the most compassionate and celebrated Jewish writers in Australia — will be interviewed by Tali Lavi on how he sheds a ray of light on the darkest of places in his latest book, The Watermill, a quartet of true stories of displacement, of survival, and of resistance.

We would love to hear from you if you have read the book and have a question for Arnold and Tali — simply register and be there during MJBW’s virtual book club on the night. Or just watch the event and read the book afterwards. The Watermill is available from The AvenueReadings, and Jeffreys bookstores.

We look forward to welcoming you.

This event is proudly supported by The Australian Jewish News.

Tuesday 9th February
8.00 - 9.00 pm AEDT 
FREE via Zoom – registration required
Register to Attend Online
I come from a distant place to Huaxi Watermill.
Here I feel at peace, my mind becomes still. AZ

To find out the significance of this photo and the poetic couplet, don’t miss The Watermill Summer Book Club event.
About The Watermill

Shortlisted, Non-Fiction Book Award, Queensland Literary Awards, 2020

Arnold Zable takes us to distant lands, ranging from remote provinces in China and Cambodia, to pre- and post-war Yiddish Poland, Kurdish Iraq and Iran, and closer to home, Indigenous and present-day Melbourne, to weave tales of people destined to live extraordinary lives. 
Many of the stories arise out of trauma, dispossession, persecution and suffering. The wisdom of this masterly storyteller allows a semblance of hope for the universal spirit of humanity.



Critically acclaimed American writer Nicole Krauss talked to Tali Lavi about the multi-layered writing in her latest book To Be a Man and earlier publications.

Catch up on the broadcast

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Podcast Episode
The Bad Boy of Athens
(Sydney Writers' Festival podcast)

Daniel Mendelsohn, celebrated New York critic, writer, translator, and classicist in conversation with Tali Lavi. Classics have never sounded so entertaining.

From our friends at Kadimah Jewish Cultural Centre

The Fig Tree Replanted is a reinterpretation of The Fig Tree, 
the award-winning show and musical companion to the popular book of short stories of the same name by beloved Melbourne author Arnold Zable.
Sunday 21st February
Gala 6:30pm
Matinée 2:30pm
Live Stream 6:30pm 
Book via Trybooking


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