(Communicated by the Israel Ministry of Tourism)
The Jerusalem International Book Fair, a biennial
Israeli mainstay event which attracts 600 publishers and authors from more than
30 countries displaying more than 100,000 books written in numerous languages,
will take place from February 10-15, 2013 at the International Convention Center
in the city.
Celebrating its jubilee year, the Jerusalem International Book Fair will
award the prestigious Jerusalem Prize to acclaimed Spanish author Antonio Muñoz
Molina. The prize is awarded to an author whose work best expresses and promotes
the idea of the "freedom of the individual in society".
Speakers at the February 10th opening event will include President Shimon
Peres, Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat,
who will present Molina with the Jerusalem Prize.
With the exception of the invitation-only opening ceremony, all of the Book
Fair's programs are open to the public and free of charge. A perennial favorite
event is the Literary Café, which offers open and engaging dialogue between
Israeli and international writers in a setting designed as a coffee shop.
The Book Fair hosts numerous international seminars and symposia exploring a
wide range of subjects, including literary criticism and blogging, selling books
in a digital age, translation and others. Furthermore, this year's fair
showcases art books, historic scrolls and archival posters. Participating
countries, representing every continent, display exhibitions which enable
visitors to explore the richness of transnational literature.