By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson
Greater Integration With Fellowship ProgramIn a story last month, we were able to announce the winners of the Zev Birger Editorial Fellowships, the program of which this year will parallel and integrate with the Jerusalem International Book Forum.
Today (April 12), we have news of the forum’s programming and the opening of registration, which is required for participation in all events. The Jerusalem International Book Forum runs May 15 to 18 this year, a return to its physical evocation after last year’s digital rendering.
Those who experienced its first iteration in 2019 know that it functions with the sensation of a think-tank event, a meeting of highly placed and extensively experienced minds, almost every part of which spurs conversations and debates on breezy terraces in the sunlight of Jerusalem.
Some of the key figures appearing onstage at the beautiful, venerable Jerusalem YMCA on King David Street are:
- David Rowan of Wired
- Barbara Marcus of Random House Children’s Books
- Belinda Loni Rasmussen of Macmillan’s Children’s Books
- Vera Michalski of Libella and Fondation Jan Michalski pour l’écriture et la littérature
- Juergen Boos of Frankfurter Buchmesse
- Jan Paterson of BBC Studios
As is the custom of the show—which was introduced in 2019 as a reconstituted format for the former Jerusalem Book Fair—this industry-facing event will cheer the winner of the 2021 Jerusalem Prize, British author Julian Barnes. Once more, Moshe Lion, the mayor of Jerusalem, is to present the accolade.
Again this year, Yoel Makov is director of the programming, with Sharon Katz serving as production coordinator and Hadar Makov-Hasson as artistic director. The Birger Fell0wship, again supported by Germany’s Holtzbrinck Group, is expected to be more integrated with the forum at some points this year than it was in 2019. And during the forum, the Mishkenot Sha’ananim program for writers will be running, as well.
Here are several representative sessions planned at this point for the 2022 program.
- David Rowan, founding editor-in-chief of WIRED UK
- Moderator: Noa Menhaim, Kinneret Zmora Publishing House
- Lisa Lucas, Pantheon and Schocken Books, Penguin Random House
- Jean Mattern, Grasset
- Laurenz Bollinger, Hoffman and Campe
- Mark Ellingham, Profile Books
- Moderator: Ziv Lewis, Kinneret Zmora Publishing House
- Juergen Boos, Frankfurter Buchmesse
- Nopi Chatzigeorgiou, Thessaloniki Book Fair
- Elena Pasoli, Bologna Children’s Book Fair
- Frieda Edman, Bokmässan Göteborg Book Fair, Sweden
- Moderator: Andrew Franklin, Profile Books
- Dorit Tamir, Tamer and Alma Publishing
- Andreas Rötzer, Matthes and Seitz
- Blanca Rosa Roca, Roca Editgorial
- Johnny Temple, Akaschic Books
- Moderator: Publishing Perspectives
- Mitzi Angel, Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
- Natalie Jerome, Curtis Brown (UK)
- Vera Michalski, Libella and Fondation Jan Michalski
- Moderator: Rena Rossner
- Barbara Marcus, Random House Children’s Books
- Natasha Farrant, Literary Scout and Author
- Thille Dop, Luitingh-Sitthoff
A fuller listing is here.
Those planning to be in Israel for the forum in May are advised to see the international travel guidelines prepared by the government here.
This is Publishing Perspectives’ 73rd awards-related report published in the 72 days since our 2022 operations began on January 3.
More on the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on international book publishing is here.