Jerusalem International Book Forum

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The fourth Jerusalem book fair, in the International Convention Center, 1969.
Teddy Kollek (center) visits the Steimatzky stand at the 1969 Jerusalem International Book Fair. Eri Steimatzky is on the right.
The 2006 Jerusalem International Book Fair.

The Jerusalem International Book Forum (JIBF), previously known as the Jerusalem International Book Fair, is a business fair and literary festival co-founded by Asher Weill in 1963.[1] It takes place in Jerusalem every second year, and hosts the awarding of the Jerusalem Prize.


The Fair was annually held in Jerusalem's International Convention Center (Binyanei Hauma) from 1963 until 2015. Since 2015 it is spread across a number of cultural institutions supported by the Jerusalem Foundation, such as Mishkenot Sha'ananim, the Jerusalem Cinematheque and Khan Theatre.[2]

In 2019, the name of the event was changed from the Jerusalem International Book Fair to the Jerusalem International Book Forum.[3]


The JIBF hosts the award of the Jerusalem Prize[4] to a writer whose work best expresses and promotes the idea of the freedom of the individual in society. The Jerusalem Prize has in fact been awarded to five writers who afterwards received the Nobel Prize for literature. It was awarded to the American playwright Arthur Miller in 2003 [5] and to the British writer Ian McEwan in 2011.[6]


  1. ^ "Books in the Shadow of Peace". Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  2. ^ "Jerusalem International Book Fair". Jerusalem Foundation. Archived from the original on 16 April 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  3. ^ Anderson, Porter (26 July 2018). "The Biennial 'Fair' Becomes a 'Forum'". Publishing Perspectives. Retrieved 4 March 2022.
  4. ^ "27th Jerusalem International Book Fair", Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 29 October 2014
  5. ^ [1], Haaretz, 10 April 2003
  6. ^ "Ian McEwan says he will accept Jerusalem prize", The Guardian, 19 January 2011

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