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GOTTLIEB/JWB JEWISH BOOK COUNCIL
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Fair includes symposia for editors and publishers, special activi­
ties for children, and other programs.
One of the highlights of the year was the
Jewish Publishing Night,
organized by the Jewish Book Council and nine co-sponsors on
May 24th. It took place at the largest-ever American Booksellers
Association convention in Washington D.C. Our goal was to bring
together Jewish book professionals at a national event and to tell
the book publishing world that the Jewish book market is alive
and well and deserving of attention. Over 180 people from
around the country attended the elegant dessert reception at
which a panel of speakers discussed the state of the Jewish book
industry. The Council co-sponsors for the evening were: the
Association of Jewish Publishers, B’nai B’rith Books, Jason
Aronson, J.C.C. of Greater Washington, J.C.C. of Metropolitan
Detroit, The Jewish Publication Society, Philosophical Library,
Schocken Books, Shapolsky Publishers.
JEWISH BOOK MONTH
Jewish Book Month 1986 was observed during November
27th-December 27th and sales of program materials broke all
previous records. The Council offered a kit, consisting of two
posters and two bookmarks by renowned artists,
Jewish Books in
Review 1986 ,
and a “List of Books for a Jewish Book Fair.” The
children’s poster was designed and illustrated by Philadelphia
artist and calligrapher Jon Kremer, and the adult poster was
designed and illustrated by Israeli cartoonist and illustrator
Giora Carmi.
Jewish Book Month 1987 will be celebrated during November
16th—December 16th. Both posters and bookmarks have been
designed and illustrated by Devis Grebu, who has earned an
international reputation as a painter, editorial page cartoonist
and illustrator. He is a regular contributor to the
New York Times
and the
International Herald Tribune.
In addition to our kit, we will be publishing bibliographies
celebrating Israel’s 40th anniversary and the Bicentennial of the
US Constitution. In addition, we will issue a special bibliography
of “Books for Jewish Living.”