Hebrew book week (Hebrew: שבוע הספר העברי) is an annual fair, featuring displays sponsored by all Israel’s publishing houses, plus events that include readings, book signings by authors and discounted book prices.
Eighty years ago, in the summer of 1926 on Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv, the concept inspired by the late Ms. Bracha Peli, founder of Massada Publishing which later became Israel’s major cultural event– the “Israel Book Fair”.
For the first time in Israel, a book fair was held to commemorate “Hebrew Book Day”, whereby books were sold at stands at a 25% discount. The slogan chosen for the event: “For the sake of the book I will not hold my peace”.
During the Hebrew Book Week, outdoor book fairs are held all over the country and publishing companies sell their books at a discount. Bookstores in Israel typically offer sales during this time which can last up to a month. In recent years, Hebrew Book Week has been extended to ten days.
In addition to book sales, a variety of literary events are held during Book Week, such as get-togethers with authors and public readings. The award ceremony for the Sapir Prize takes place during Hebrew Book Week. There is also a heightened level of attention paid to literature in the media.
The 50th annual celebration opened on June 15-June 26.
If you are traveling in Israel don’t miss this event.