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PAULA GRIBETZ GOTTL IEB
JWB Jewish Book Council
1989-1990
t h e p a s t y e a r w a s o n e
o f unprecedented growth for the Jewish
Book Council and increased cooperation with other Jewish or­
ganizations. We started the year once again by participating in
two successful book festivals — New York is Book Country and
the Fourth Jewish Heritage Book Festival. In 1989, the Council
sponsored an exciting conference, “ Probing the Psyche o f the
American Jewish Writer,” in cooperation with the Commission
on Synagogue Relations o f the UJA-Federation. The Book
Council entered into an innovative arrangement with the Jewish
Telegraphic Agency to increase distribution o f “Jewish Books
in Review” a syndicated book review service. Sales o f Jewish
Book Month Kits and publications exceeded last year’s numbers
and the National Jewish Book Awards ceremony attracted a rec­
ord number o f people.
LOCAL BOOK FESTIVALS
The Jewish Book Council participated in New York is Book
Country on September 17, 1989. In addition to distributing
Book Council program materials, brochures, posters and book­
marks, staff at the booth answered questions from hundreds
o f visitors who wanted to know about the work o f the Council.
Many o f them signed up for
Jewish Book World
subscriptions
and invitations to the Book Council conference “ Probing the
Psyche o f the American Jewish Writer.”
The Fourth New York Heritage Book Festival, sponsored by
the Associated YM -YWHAs o f Greater New York on November
19 —20, was a success for the Book Council. Once again pub­
lishers demonstrated their commitment to Jewish book publish­
ing by turning out in great numbers. The exhibitors at the Fair
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