MJBW Winter Book Club:
The Believer: Encounters with Love, Death & Faith


Join us for our next seasonal Book Club session on Tuesday 13th July.

Sarah Krasnostein  multi-award winning author of The Trauma Cleaner — will be interviewed by journalist Meredith Lake about Sarah’s latest publication, The Believer, and her explorations into the fascinating and labyrinthine realm of belief.

In this beautifully crafted book, we learn how people respond in various ways to the world's complexities. Some surrender themselves to the unknown, others are dogged in their steadfast certainty and then there are those who open themselves up to the potential of human fragility and humility. 

We would love to hear from you if you have read the book and have a question for Sarah and Meredith - 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 Believer 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 13th July
8.00 - 9.00 pm AEST
FREE via Zoom - registration required
Register to Attend Online
About The Believer

Part memoir, part journalism and part philosophy, Sarah Krasnostein weaves together the stories of six extraordinary ordinary people in the human song of longing for the unattainable. The Believer looks at the stories we tell ourselves to deal with the distance between the world as it is, and the world as we’d like it to be. How they can stunt us – or save us.

Sarah Krasnostein is a writer. She is admitted to legal practice in Australia and America, and holds a doctorate in criminal law. She is the best-selling author of The Trauma Cleaner, which won the Victorian Prize for Literature, the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Non- Fiction, the Australian Book Industry Award for General Non-Fiction and the Dobbie Literary Award. It jointly won the Douglas Stewart Prize for non-fiction at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, was longlisted for the Walkley Book Award and was shortlisted for the National Biography Award, the Melbourne Prize for Literature and the Wellcome Book Prize (UK). Her work has appeared in a variety of publications and academic journals in Australia, the UK and America.

Meredith Lake is the presenter of Soul Search, on ABC Radio National, and an Honorary Associate of the Department of History at the University of Sydney. Her most recent book is The Bible in Australia: a cultural history (NewSouth), winner of the 2019 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Australian history, and the 2020 Adelaide Festival prize for Non-fiction. 

Did you watch the fabulous MJBW June Gala Event?
Here is your opportunity if you missed out.

'Fake It Till You Make It: A Night of Storytelling & Fakery' features 8 Australian & international guests performing original commissioned pieces.
You can purchase a catch-up ticket to watch the Gala Event at any time and for any price. This is a pay-what-you-can-event with a recommended ticket price of $18.00, which will support the ongoing work of MJBW in celebrating and sharing Jewish literary culture with you.

Upon purchasing a catch-up ticket, you will be redirected to a non-expiring video link, allowing you to watch the Gala whenever you'd like, on any device. Click here to purchase a ticket.
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Look out for the next MJBW enews,
announcing the release of Book Chats Season 4.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to watch six award-winning Israeli writers unpack and explore their latest work. Featured authors include Benjamin Balint, Nir Baram, Orly Castel-Bloom, Yaniv Iczkovits, Ilana Kurshan and Ayelet Tsbari.


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Andrea Bliss

MJBW Committee:

"I love being part of this vibrant organisation bringing a wide range of Jewish writers to an avid Melbourne readership."

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MJBW Program Committee:

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