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Italy Debuts First Ever Jewish Book Fair

The event will feature more than 1,500 books with Jewish themes or written by Jewish authors.

By: Miriam Cross

Published: April 19th, 2010 in Culture » Books » News

Italy Debuts First Ever Jewish Book Fair

Italy’s first ever Jewish book fair opened this past weekend with a concert on Saturday night and a formal ceremony on Sunday.

The fair will feature more than 1,500 Jewish-themed or -authored titles, as well as talks, books signings, and events featuring leading Jewish writers, according to the JTA. It is taking place in Ferrara in northern Italy and will last for five days.

This event is a project of the planned new museum in Ferrara, which will be a national Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah. Sponsors and organizers of the book fair include the Italian Culture Ministry, local civic authorities, and Jewish organizations.

Historically, Ferrara had a once-thriving Jewish community and was the only Jewish community with a continuous presence in the Emilia Romagna region (in northern Italy) from the Middle Ages to the present. Remnants of that community today include an ancient Jewish cemetery and buildings from the former Jewish ghetto.

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