This Week in JPL History: Jewish Book Month Begins!

The first Jewish Book Week was held in December, it is now held from Mid-October to Mid-November.

What do Saul Bellow, Simon Sebag Montifiore, Nathan Englander, Amos Oz, and Cynthia Ozick all have in common? They’ve all spoken as a part of Jewish Book Month at the Library. The annual program will soon be celebrating its 70th birthday in Montreal. Its first iteration was in 1944 when a number of Jewish institutions in Montreal collaborated to hold Jewish Book Week. It was an exhibit of Jewish books from various individuals and organizations and was opened by Governor-General Award-winning poet A.M. Klein.

The now month- long series of events plays host to a wide-range of programs in all the languages of the library – English, French, Yiddish, Hebrew, and Russian. The central event is the Jewish Book Month Keynote Address which is generously sponsored by the Marvin Drimer Foundation. This year’s keynote is with author Michael Bar Zohar. Other annual highlights include the Paul and Babey Trepman Jewish Public Library and Montreal Holocaust Museum Memorial Lecture, and the Evening of Russian Culture.

This year’s Jewish Book Month kicked off this past Saturday and will include exciting events like,  evenings with Ruth Wisse, Ilan Stavans, Anne Michaels and Bernice Eisenstein, Laurel Snyder, Ami Sands Brodoff, Lauren Oliver, and Thomas Harding; the films No Place on Earth and Rue Mandar; and the 8th annual Evening of Russian Culture. For more information about our exciting events call our ticket line at 514-345-6416.

The This Week in Jewish Public Library History blog series was made possible through the generous support of the Peter and Ellen Jacobs Virtual Archives Fund.

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