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dates were provided and recipients were encouraged to network
with local fair coordinators.
CH ILDREN ’S LITERATURE SYMPOSIUM
“Maximizing Sales to Foreign Markets: Creating a Cooper­
ative for Publishers of Children’s Literature with Jewish Con­
tent” was the subject of a symposium held on February 26, 1991.
It served as a select task force of editors, writers, agents and
subrights professionals designed to explore concerns facing the
Jewish children’s book community. The following topics were
discussed:
• Books that “travel well”: themes and genres
• Educating foreign publishers about the market
• Encouraging the demand in overseas markets: Jewish and
general
• Incentives to foreign publishers
• Understanding the climate in specific countries and their
receptivity to children’s book publishing
• Establishing a presence at the Bologna Fair
• Strategies to enlist the cooperation of American publishers
The task force found that much of the subrights being ar­
ranged currently were haphazard and that projects in foreign
countries had to be approached in a more focused manner.
Plans were made to connect with representatives in other coun­
tries who were interested in developing indigenous Jewish chil­
d ren ’s books.
JEW ISH BOOK MON TH
Jewish Book Month was observed from November 12 to De­
cember 12, 1990. This year’s Book Month posters were designed
and illustrated by Giora Carmi and Erika Weihs. Giora Carmi
is a freelance illustrator, designer and fine artist. He has illus­
trated and designed children’s books and his political cartoons
appear regularly in the New York Times. Erika Weihs is a
freelance illustrator and fine artist who has exhibited her paint­
ings nationally and illustrated many children’s books.
The children’s poster, designed by Ms. Weihs, colorfully im­