News Brief 2/23/2011, Adar 19, 5771
Italian Author Umberto Eco Defends Jerusalem Book Fair
Among the well-known authors at the Jerusalem International Book Fair will be Umberto Eco, the best-selling Italian author of The Name of the Rose
and Foucault's Pendulum
. Eco said that he would never agree top boycott the fair because it is being held in Israel. He said such a boycott would be a "form of racism" and "absolutely crazy."
The Jerusalem International Book Fair is continuing at the ICC Jerusalem-International Convention Center -- known in Hebrew as Binyanei Ha'uma through Friday. First held in 1963, fair is a biennial event which draws over 1,200 publishers from more that 40 countries who display more than 100,000 books in different languages.