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Hebrew Book Week 2006
Last Modified at:06-Jun-2006
Hebrew Book Week The 2006 Hebrew Book Week will take place between June 7 and 16, 2006. During this week leading Israeli authors and poets will meet with the readers in organized fairs all over the country. Poetry readings, lectures, literary workshops, street theaters, comics happening and other activities for young and adults will also take place.

The Origin of The Hebrew Book Week
The Hebrew Book Week originated in 1926 as a “one day event” taking place in Rothchild boulevard, Tel-Aviv. The founder of Masada Press, Bracha Peli, launched the first Book Day in 1926, offering books at a discount. Since 1961, Hebrew Book Week has become a country wide, weeklong event taking place every year during the summer.

The Hebrew Book Week is a unique event. Many countries attempt to arrange similar fairs but never to the scale and popularity of the Israeli one.

The National Library
The National Library in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is entrusted with keeping Israel’s cultural assets for future generations. For this purpose the “law of books” was legislated, obligating every book publisher in the country to deliver two copies of the book to the National Library.

Towards the Hebrew Book Week the National Library publishes a report on the books, magazines, cassettes or disks published in Israel during the passing year. From this report we learn that an amazing number of 6,840 new books were published during 2005. The majority of the books published in Hebrew are originally written in Hebrew. The report also brings to light that more then 22% of the books published during 2005 were directed at the religious population.

 The Hebrew University of Jerusalem report

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