First, a brief explanation for those who may not be familiar with the full meaning of this post title. “Next year in Jerusalem” is a phrase uttered at the conclusion of the traditional Passover Seder. Many interpretations have been attached to this idea: MyJewishLearning.com offers a good overview.
But for me, this week, the phrase assumed a very particular, concrete meaning. And that’s because this week, I solidified plans for Jerusalem travels in 2011. Not for myself, unfortunately. Instead, I made travel arrangements for my soon-to-be published short story collection, Quiet Americans.
As of this week, Quiet Americans was registered to be featured at the 25th Jerusalem International Book Fair, which will take place from February 20th to 25th, 2011. It will be one of the titles brought to Jerusalem and shared with Book Fair attendees by the Jewish Book Exhibitors Association, a program of the Jewish Book Council (JBC). As the JBC notes, this is a terrific opportunity to introduce books of Jewish interest–a category to which Quiet Americans most definitely and proudly belongs–“to publishers who are searching for the best books to introduce in translation in their own countries, as well as to the substantial English-speaking communities in Israel and around the world.”
Only time will tell what sort of impact my book’s voyage to Jerusalem will have on sales and readership. In the meantime, however, it is deeply, personally meaningful for me to know that Quiet Americans will be part of the literary scene in Jerusalem in 2011–even if its author will be back home in New York.
To learn more about the JBC’s Jewish Book Exhibitors Association display opportunity in Jerusalem, please click here. NB: Early-bird discounted registration ends tomorrow, December 17, 2010, with a final submission deadline of February 1, 2011.