Jerusalem Book Fair revamped as 'forum'

Jerusalem Book Fair revamped as 'forum'

The Jerusalem Book Fair has been revamped, shifting away from a convention hall to a “dynamic forum”.

Renamed the 'Jerusalem International Book Forum' (JIBF), the next edition runs from 12th to 15th May 2019 across various locations in the city with a refreshed programme format including panels, discussion groups, interviews, presentations and informal gatherings with networking opportunities. There will also be a wide collaboration with the Jerusalem International Writers Festival at Mishkenot Sha'ananim (May 12th-16th).

The Zev Birger Editorial Fellowship programme will continue as before with the 35 new Fellows - editors, literary agents and scouts - selected later this year, giving them the chance to attend professional events with international authors.

The JIBF will open with an official ceremony and the awarding of the Jerusalem Prize by the Mayor of Jerusalem. The 2019 laureate, to be announced early next year, is expected to give an address during the opening event.

The forum’s organisers, director Yoel Makov and production co-ordinator Sharon Katz, said:  “Supported by the mayor and the Municipality of Jerusalem, the Ministry of Culture, Israeli publishers and by many loyal and committed friends and contributors, we are proud to announce a new JIBF, not a ‘book fair’ as usually constituted with publishers’ stands, but as a ‘forum’ centered around the experience and practice of publishing professionals.

“The new JIBF will serve as both a workshop and a meeting ground for discussing challenges, exchanging ideas, and sharing in-sights and experience, and as a social gathering, recognising that the bonds and connections between people are among our most valuable resources.”

Applications for the Zev Birger JIBF Fellowship are available on the JIBF website.