An Author Q&A in English and Brunch

Katja Petrowskaja

The Jewish Community in Florence is continuing second, annual, Balabrunch with author series, a chance to meet and dine with internationally acclaimed authors and intellectuals.  The idea for the Balabrunch hatched after the positive summer experience of the Balagan Cafè, a summer event conceived by the Jewish Community of Florence to open the doors of its Synagogue to the city, its tourists and visitors while introducing Hebrew culture, traditions, music and cuisine.

This year the Balabrunch series will feature two Jewish German writers:  Katja Petrowskaja (March 18) and Wladimir Kaminer (April 8), as well as Israeli playwright Motti Lerner (May 13).  After each meet and greet with the authors, which require a reservation but are free to the public, participants may continue mingling over brunch.  Jewish recipes will be prepared and presented by known chefs Michele Hagen and Jean Michel Carasso for €10.

Petrowskaja is a recipient of prestigious European Premio Stega literary prize.  Born in Kiev, she emigrated to Berlin at age 30 to begin her career.  At the Balabrunch, she will discuss her latest novel, Maybe Ester.

The following Q&A with special guest Lerner will also serve as the inauguration of the summer Balagan Cafè, featuring a plethora of events as 2018 is chock full of important Jewish-Italian anniversaries.

On each Sunday,  guided tour of the Synagogue will begin after the brunches at 2 pm for a discounted rate of €5 for those who wish to continue their cultural immersion.  (david shackelford)

Reservations for the events can be made by phone: 0552346654 or 055245252 and via email to: or