Blake among 2019 Zev Birger Editorial Fellows to attend Jerusalem International Book Forum
Penguin Random House (PRH) publisher Cate Blake has been announced as one of 34 recipients of the Zev Birger Editorial Fellowship, a week-long professional seminar that focuses on ‘significant issues of interest to the international publishing community’.
The fellowship has been offered to editors, literary agents and literary scouts since 1985, but in 2019 the program will coincide with the renamed Jerusalem International Book Forum (formerly the Jerusalem International Book Fair), which runs from 12-15 May 2019. Overlapping with the forum, the fellowship program will run from 10-16 May.
Fellows will come into contact with more than 200 publishing professionals expected to be at the forum and will attend discussions, debates and informal networking events. For the first time this year the forum is partnering with the International Writers Festival of Mishkenot Sha’ananim in Jerusalem.
Forum director Yoel Makov and production coordinator Sharon Katz said in a statement: ‘The new Forum is not a “book fair” as usually constituted with publishers’ stands, but as a “forum” centered around the experience and practice of publishing professionals.’
Blake is the only Australian to receive a fellowship in 2019, with the other editors, literary agents and scouts representing 18 countries.
Former Australian fellows include Text Publishing’s Michael Heyward and Penny Hueston (2015), and Scribe publisher Henry Rosenbloom (2005).
For more information about the fellowship program, see the website.