Jerusalem International Book Forum Opens Registration

In Feature Articles by Porter Anderson

The second in-person iteration of the Jerusalem International Book Forum is set for May 15 to 18, with program details and registration now online.

The Tower of David near the Jaffa Gate entrance to Jerusalem’s old city. Image – Getty iStockhoto: Moshe Einhorn

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Greater Integration With Fellowship Program
In 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.

Keynote: How Can Publishing Benefit From Tomorrow’s World of Metaverses, Blockchains, and Emotion-Reading AIs?

  • David Rowan, founding editor-in-chief of WIRED UK

Debut Books: How To Support and Promote New Authors in a Post-Pandemic World

  • 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

Book Fairs Today: Challenges, Prospects, and What the Future Holds

  • 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

Indie Prospects: Why Independent Publishers Are Stronger Than Ever

  • 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

Reframing Cultural Assumptions: Identity, Diversity, and the Road Ahead for Publishing

  • Moderator: Publishing Perspectives
  • Mitzi Angel, Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
  • Natalie Jerome, Curtis Brown (UK)
  • Vera Michalski, Libella and Fondation Jan Michalski

Where the Cool Kids Are: The Rise and Fall of YA and Children’s Literature

  • 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.

The Jerusalem International YMCA designed by Arthur Lewis Harman is home to the Jerusalem International Book Forum. Image – Getty iStockphoto: Flik47

This is Publishing Perspectives’ 73rd awards-related report published in the 72 days since our 2022 operations began on January 3.

More from Publishing Perspectives on the Jerusalem International Book Forum is here, more from us on publishing conferences is here, and more on the Zev Birger Editorial Fellowship is here.

More on the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on international book publishing is here

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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.