Friday, February 25, 2011

Happy scenes from the International Book Fair

This week's Jerusalem International Book Fair had 100,000 books, with 30 countries exhibiting, and 100,000 visitors were expected during the five days.
As I promised you yesterday, here are some more curiosities from the fair.

Sefer Hazahav! The huge Golden Books list the years and names of donors to the Jewish National Fund (Keren Kayemet leYisrael).
This is more fully explained in my post from the last (2009) fair, along with a glimpse inside the venerable book.

"All roads lead to Italy," I think that's what it says.
And with TWO boots instead of the traditional one boot of Italy's map, I suppose walking those roads is easier.

Germany always has a mega-exhibit of quality books.
But cardboard boxes?! Several stacks of them formed philosophical building blocks.
If you know German, enlarge the photo and enjoy the quotations.

So sweet. The French offered a kid-sized reading corner for little readers.

CDs of Israeli songs, but sung in Esperanto!

Zamenhof, a Jew living in the Russian Empire, published his book about the international language he invented in 1887 under the pseudonym "Doktoro Esperanto" (Doctor Hopeful), from which the name of the language derives.


VP said...

Not exactly the right moment to say that all the road lead to Italy, but the logo is nice enough.

Hels said...

If I died and went to heaven, I would want to find myself in a huge book fair. If it had an espresso machine in the corner as well, I would have died a happy woman :)

Isreview said...

Wow the " Sefer Hazahav! The huge Golden Books" has intrigued me. I really gotta get to the fair and see that up close. Hopefully they will have them there again next time.
Thanks for linking to your 2009 post with more info on it -it was very interesting.

I'm new to blogs and blogging so glad I found your blog.


Dina said...

VP, yeah, it is but a short boat ride from North Africa to the toe of Italy's boot, eh?

Hels, LOL! I believe you would love that. But isn't the idea of Jewish heaven a big yeshiva where we can sit and study Torah all day? Sort of the same idea, but without the espresso (probably).

Daniela, shalom and welcome. I went over to see your blog and it is full of delicious things. Good idea. See you again.

Birdman said...

I'd be in heaven here. Lucky you!

Reader Wil said...

Very great post!The logos on the boxes are brilliant. In our peace movement we had a saying: "Peace begins when people begin to understand each other". I don't know the exact quotation,but it is the same as on the boxes.

Rayna Eliana said...

Great shots of a wonderful subject...books, books and more books.

cieldequimper said...

Lol @ VP!

Oh don't let me loose in there! Esperanto? Hmmmm...

Yes, I have non palatial shots. The street I posted today with that specific light just looks like a mining town to me!

jeannette said...

What an exquisite book cover! And a great place to spend some hours:)

Leif Hagen said...

The huge book in your top photo looks like a priceless treasure!

Pietro said...

I'm glad that "All roads lead to Italy"! Perfect translation, Dina.

Kay said...

Hmmm... no Kindles there, hunh?

JM said...

What a cover!

Dina said...

Friends, thank you all for commenting. I love to read your ideas.

Kay, LOL, no, no Kindles! I think that would have been a bad word at the Book Fair.
However, there were panel discussions on "Education in a Digital World" and "The Digital Age--A New Definition of Publishing?" and a symposium on "E-Publishing and Its Cultural Aspects."

Kay said...

These books are certainly a lot prettier than a Kindle, but a teeny bit more difficult to carry around.