Jewish Times Asia March 2015
Art • Culture • Music
International Book Fair in Jerusalem One of the most prominent book fairs in the world, the 27th Jerusalem International Book Fair is a biennial literary event.
This year the fair was held from 8-12 February, at a new venue, The First Station, the Israeli capital’s historic train station which has been renovated into a central cultural hub. The fair includes hundreds of literary events which are open to the public. Albanian writer Ismail Kadare received the 2015 Jerusalem Prize during the opening ceremony. The Jerusalem Prize is awarded to an author who expresses in his writing the freedom of the Individual
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in Society. The prize has been awarded in the past to five writers who later received the Nobel Literary Prize. The prize was awarded to Kadare by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.
Born in 1936, Kadare is Albania’s best-known poet and novelist. His books have been translated into 30 different languages. In 2005 he was awarded the first Man Booker International Prize for “a body of work written Chronicle in Stone, by an author 1977, is one of Kadare’s best who has had known books
a truly global impact.” He is also the recipient of the 2009 Principe de Asturias de las Letras in Spain. First held in 1963, The Jerusalem International Book Fair is a unique biennial event, renowned not only as a business fair but also as a prestigious and important cultural event which attracts heads of renowned publishing houses, agents, sales personnel, foreign rights representatives, editors and authors.
tion between a commercial book fair which advances international relations with the Israeli publishing world and offers dozens of bookstands with all the latest innovations and publications of global publishers and leading Israeli publishers, and Israel’s biggest literary happening, which offers hundreds of cultural events, including meetings with dozens of authors and poets from Israel and around the world, film screenings, workshops, exhibitions, shows and cultural activities. One of the displays, “The Disappearing Screen,” features a wall made up of 5.000 blocks resting in a transparent grid and inscribed with literary quotes from German translated in to
Hebrew and Arabic. The Fair’s unique Editorial and Agent Fellowship Programs invited a group of young promising and talented editors and agents to attend the fair, providing them a unique opportunity to meet their international contemporaries, exchange ideas, learn from each other about challenges they are facing and professional problems they have to deal with every day. The programme also includes seminars and international symposia on publishing today; social events and tours. Thirty-nine candidates from 17 countries were admitted into the programme this year out of a total of 200 candidates.
With the attendance of more than 600 publishers and authors from more than 30 countries, it displays more than 100,000 books in different languages. The fair offers a combina-
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