Budapest book fair to recognize Israel


BUDAPEST (JTA) — Israel will be the guest of honor at the 17th International Festival of Books in Budapest.

The four-day annual book fair, the biggest literary event in the country, opens April 22 and is being organized by the Association of Hungarian Book Publishers and Distributors.

Renowned Israeli author Amos Oz will be a featured participant and receive the prestigious Budapest Grand Prize. The trade fair will coincide with the publication in Hungarian translation of Oz’s 2007 book “The Rhymes of Life and Death."    

Hungary was the guest of honor at the 2009 Jerusalem Book Fair in recognition of two decades of cordial diplomatic relations between the two countries that resumed following a prolonged absence ending in the collapse of communist rule in Hungary in 1989.

The Budapest book fair will feature some 300 literary and commercial programs. For the first time, it also will include an international antiquarian book fair.

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