16th December – TALK: Howard Jacobson
We are delighted to announce that prize winning author and broadcaster, Howard Jacobson, will be talking at the Museum at 7:30pm on Sunday 16th December.
Howard Jacobson was born in Manchester in 1942, raised in Prestwich and was educated at Stand Grammar School in Whitefield before going to Cambridge University to study English under F. R. Leavis.
His first novel, Coming from Behind (1983) was inspired by his teaching at Wolverhampton Polytechnic in the 1970s. His subsequent novels include Peeping Tom (1984), The Very Model of a Man (1992) and No More Mister Nice Guy (1998) and The Mighty Walzer in 1999.
His 2002 novel Who’s Sorry Now? and his 2006 novel Kalooki Nights were longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. In October 2010 he won the Man Booker Prize for his novel The Finkler Question. His new novel, Zoo Time was released this year.
He has also worked as a broadcaster. In 2000 he appeared in Channel 4's Howard Jacobson Takes on the Turner, and in 2002 he appeared in an edition of The South Bank Show entitled "Why the Novel Matters". His two non-fiction books – Roots Schmoots: Journeys Among Jews (1993) and Seriously Funny: From the Ridiculous to the Sublime (1997) – were turned into television series.
In 2010 Jacobson presented Creation, the first part of the Channel 4 series The Bible: A History.
However it is his 1999 novel “The Mighty Walzer” which is most relevant to the Manchester Jewish community. It tells the story of a table tennis playing Jewish teenager growing up in North Manchester during 1950’s .It won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic writing. His talk at the museum has been arranged to tie-in with the last month of MJM’s exhibition ‘Playing the Game: Sporting Life in Jewish Manchester’. In the exhibition there is a strong focus on table tennis as for many years it was a popular sport amongst Manchester’s Jews. Jacobson will talk about his life, his career and how growing up playing table tennis in Manchester was the inspiration for The Mighty Walzer.
Jacobson will also be talking about his new book Zoo Time and will be signing copies.
Sun 16 December, 7:30pm
Tickets: £10 (advance bookings only - call 0161 834 9879)