Time for the Jerusalem International Book Fair
There's a reason they call Jews the people of the book. With a literary tradition stretching from Moses on Mount Sinai to Etgar Keret on whatever he's on, Hebrews can't seem to put books down. It’s not surprising then that Jerusalem will celebrate literature later this month with the 24th Jerusalem International Book Fair, an enormous literary convention.
The biennial festival, to be held at the Binyanei Hauma convention center, will feature authors, publishers and various literary figures from around the world checking out what's new, and of course, networking.
"This is one of the biggest book fairs in the world," said Zion Turjeman, of Ariel Municipal Company, which is putting on the show. "More than 800 publishers will take part, and there will be dozens of different events going on."
Mayor Nir Barkat will present the Jerusalem Prize to Japanese author Haruki Murakami, whose work has been compared to Kafka and Camus.
The hub of activity at the five-day event will be the Literary Café, a working coffeehouse that will feature meetings between Israeli and international authors. Among the highlights will be an encounter between Israel's Amos Oz and Italy's Roberto Calasso, who has written extensively on mythology around the world.
There will also be a flurry of events literary, musical and diplomatic at the nations' various stands and in the large Teddy Hall. On Thursday, a panel with politician Avraham Burg, journalist Shai Golden, academics Bernard Avishai and Ruth Calderon and mogul Shraga Biran will discuss the chances for real peace, with New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief Ethan Bronner moderating.
"This is one of the best-known book fairs," said Zev Birger, the chairman and managing director of the fair. "There will be thousands of editors from around the world there. There will be a lot new in languages from around the world."
Click on a day to see the full schedule of that day's book fair events:
Sunday / Day One
Monday / Day Two
Tuesday / Day Three
Wednesday / Day Four
Thursday / Day Five
Friday / Day Six
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