Séfer Barcelona: Jewish Book Festival 2019
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Mozaika, an association that aims to disseminate Jewish culture in Barcelona, organises the fourth edition of the Jewish Book Festival. Séfer Barcelona is on from September 20 to 22 in various venues, including the University of Barcelona, the Pati Llimona civic centre and Casa Adret, which is Mozaika's headquarters and the first inhabited house in the city. The aim of the festival is to highlight diversity and plurality, with the intention of fostering debate and exchange. The festival presents round tables on topics of Jewish literature and philosophy, and pays tribute to the writer Amos Oz and the recently deceased poet from the Canary Islands, José Carlos Cataño. Writers, editors, professors, philosophers, translators and historians will discuss both universal and current issues such as exile, belonging, identity, as well as the Jewish footprint in superhero comic books, history and other aspects of Jewish themes in literature. Speakers include the director of the Jewish film festival, Daniela Rosenfeld, the Director of the Institute of the Ancient Near East, Adelina Millet, the editorial director of Panini España comics, Alejandro Martínez Viturtia, the philosopher Xavier Antich, the editor David Cuscó, the editor Maria Bohigas, and Amos Oz's Spanish translator, Raquel García Lozano, among others. (Talks are in Spanish and Catalan. Consult the programme for the full line-up, including music in Hebrew and Yiddish, and a closing performance in English.)