BooksIsrael news file (photo)

Israel's famous annual Hebrew Book Week kicked off on Wednesday, and will continue through June 12, taking place in nine cities and approximately 50 towns throughout the country. Hebrew Book Week has been an annual affair since 1961.

This year, the event will be included in the "Israel Reads" events being conducted by the Ministry of Culture and the Center of Books and Libraries in Israel.

Like every year, hundreds of stalls belonging to dozens of Israel's leading publishing houses will sell tens of thousands of books at special sale prices, including religious texts. In addition, cultural activities and performances for children and families, meetings with authors and poets, and book signings will take place. Families with young children can be seen every evening thronging to the book fair along with  the rest of the kaleidoscope of Israeli citizens.

Israel has one of the highest book purchases per capital in the world as well as number of new books published per year.

Book Week locations in major cities:

Jerusalem – Gan HaPa'amon, Tel Aviv – Rabin Square, Kfar Saba – Town Square Plaza, Ramat Gan – Rambam Square, Beer Sheva – The Center for Performing Arts, Modiin – Kotar Payis cultural complex, Netanya – Fountain Square, Haifa – Haifa Theater Plaza.