Last night, this year’s annual book event, the “Hebrew Book Week 2015”, opened it’s gates. It is a very popular event because Israelis still like to read “normal” books. It is rather hard to find a Kindle but, as far as I know, the computer store BUG at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital may sell it. Otherwise you can download the Kindle App from Amazon (for free). Just in case you have a Windows 8 computer.
All over Israel you find various book exhibition places these days. In Tel Aviv at Kikar Rabin (Rabin Square) and in Jerusalem, the Book Week is taking place at the Old Train Station. The events are free – of – charge but if you only know English, the Book Week doesn’t help you very much.
At the Book Week in Jerusalem you can make a good bargain. Especially by buying religious books at the booth of the Zalman Shazar Center. This is the only place where I bought from and what interested me. For the four books you see on the bottom of this article I paid 217 Shekels only.
If you know Hebrew, the Book Week provides all kinds of treasures you usually don’t find at Steimatzky or Zomet HaSefarim: Psychology, lots of history, history of the Israeli wars and army, Zionism, cooking, politics but also novels and plenty of children’s books.
The book events all over the country are open from 6 pm until 11 pm.
At the exhibition in Jerusalem books in English are rare. There is one stand offering a small variety of religious books in English but also a biography of Menachem Begin and further political and historical matters. But … don’t expect too much ! 🙂
The books I purchased last night:
The Memoirs of Glückl (Glikl) of Hamlin. A very thick book. 🙂
A Rabbi Yehudah HaChassid biography
A RAMBAM (Maimonides) biography
“The Donkey: A Cultural History” – A Journey through Myth, Allegory, Symbol and Cliché