Jewish Books at Moscow Book Fair

The Association of Jewish Book Publishers (AJBP) has accepted an invitation to exhibit at the Second Moscow Book Fair, Jacob Steinberg, president of the AJBP, announced. Steinberg said that the exhibit in Moscow Sept. 4-10, would include more than 650 Jewish books published in the United States. The exhibit consists of a careful selection of the foremost Jewish books culled from literature, culture, history, religion and contemporary life, he noted. It will also include outstanding fiction in English translation, and titles in Yiddish, Hebrew and Russian, and prayerbooks.

“Our aim is commercial,” Steinberg said, “but at the same time the titles will give their readers access to the Jewish heritage, and an in-depth knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Jews and Judaism, both past and present.”

While the AJBP exhibit at the First Moscow Book Fair in 1977 was limited largely to books by its members, the second exhibit will contain titles of Jewish interest issued by general trade publishers and university presses as well. The enlargement of the exhibit to double that of 1977, Steinberg said, was made possible by a grant from the Joseph Meyerhoff Foundation and the participation of the American Jewish Committee and the Jewish Welfare Board Jewish Book Council as co-sponsors.

The exhibit will exemplify the wide variety of books of Jewish interest published in the United States, and will provide a basis for mutually beneficial discussion of publishing rights and related matters with USSR publishers and those of other countries represented at the Fair. The Moscow Fair exhibits will be open to the general public as well as to publishers, librarians and other professional book people.

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