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Book World, Jewish Books in Review, Selected Jewish Children’s Books
CelebratingJewish Book Month
were distributed over a period
of three days.
For the first time the Book Council participated in the 1986
American Booksellers Association Convention. The Council
shared booth space with Bookazine, a book wholesaler, and great
interest was evinced in both its printed materials and programs.
New contacts were made with publishers of Jewish titles.
The highlight of the Convention was the Jewish publishing
evening cosponsored by the JWB Jewish Book Council,
Steimatzky and the Detroit Jewish Community Center. For the
first time there was a Jewish presence at the ABA. A light supper
was served and publishers, book fair representatives, booksellers
and magazine editors networked in a relaxed atmosphere.
The sales of the 1985 Jewish Book Month kits to centers, syna­
gogues, schools and libraries surpassed those of previous years.
The kits included a general poster, designed by Avrum I. Ashery
and photographed by Joel C. Freid, and a children’s poster,
designed and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. The ch ildren’s
bookmarks included a list of books prepared by Hazel Karp,
librarian of the Hebrew Academy of Atlanta and president of the
Association of Jewish Libraries. The adult bookmarks included a
fiction list prepared by Edith Lubetski, head librarian of the Hedi
Steinberg library, Stern College for Women.
Black and white glossies of the posters were widely published in
Jewish newspapers, and Maurice Sendak received extensive
press coverage.
The 37th National Jewish Book Awards ceremony was held on
June 3rd, 1986. at the 92nd Street YM/YWHA. It attracted a
record crowd of almost 300 people. The evening began with a
private buffet dinner for award winning authors, publisher rep­
resentatives, award donors and judges. The ceremony followed
in the Buttenwieser Hall and awards were presented. The
speeches were moving and the evening was made extra special by
two citation presentations — the Yiddish citation to Aaron