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included publishers, booksellers and Jewish organizations. The
Jewish Book Council and the Lecture Bureau shared a booth
and distributed program materials. The festival also included
author programs and roundtables on contemporary issues.
The Jewish Book Council, in cooperation with the Commis­
sion on Synagogue Relations o f the UJA-Federation, sponsored
a conference on “ Probing the Psyche o f the American Jewish
Writer” on December 12, 1989. The conference, which was held
at the UJA-Federation Building in New York City, was geared
to authors, editors, librarians, booksellers and journalists, as well
as to JCC program directors and interested lay people. It was
designed to provide a renewed awareness o f the creative process
and to supply a forum for the exchange o f ideas and mutual
Speakers included the authors: Jerry Badanes, Rhoda Lerner,
Hugh Nissenson, Anne Roiphe, Norma Rosen and Lore Segal.
Harvey Shapiro, Ted Solotaroff and many other writers, critics
and editors participated. Panel topics ranged from “American
Jewish Authors with Their Material” to “The Anxiety o f Influ­
ence: Through a Jewish Lens” and “American Jewish Literary
Tastes: Forecasts for the 1990s.” Time was provided for par­
ticipants and authors to talk and exchange views.
Jewish Book Month 1989 was observed from November 23,
1989 to December 23, 1989. The Book Council distributed a
kit consisting o f two posters, one for general use and one for
children, two companion bookmarks
,Jewish Books in Review 1989
and a “List o f Books for a Jewish Book Fair.” The children’s
poster was designed by Bob Shein, who created a humorous
watercolor o f children shaking out the leaves o f a large book
and watching the Jewish and general storybook characters fly
out. The adult poster was illustrated by Bob Frost and is a
charming design in the shape o f a Jewish star depicting all types
o f Jewish people reading and enjoying books.
Jewish Book Month will once again be celebrated from N o ­
vember 12, 1990 to December 12, 1990. The children’s poster