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International Book Fair coming to Jerusalem

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 Biennial literary event will kick off at capital\’s historic train station on February 8. Albanian writer Ismail Kadare will receive 2015 Jerusalem Prize for 2015 during opening ceremony.

The 27th Jerusalem International Book Fair will kick off next week at a new venue – The First Station, the Israeli capital\’s historic train station which has been renovated into a central cultural hub.

The fair, which runs from February 8 to 12, will include hundreds of literary events which will be open to the public.

Albanian writer Ismail Kadare will receive the Jerusalem Prize for 2015 during the opening ceremony.

The Jerusalem Prize is awarded to an author who expresses in his writing the freedom of the Individual in Society. The prize has been awarded in the past to five writers who later received the Nobel Literary Prize. The prize will be awarded to Kadare by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.

Born in 1936, Kadare is Albania’s best-known poet and novelist. His books have been translated into 30 different languages.

In 2005 he was awarded the first Man Booker International Prize for "a body of work written by an author who has had a truly global impact." He is also the recipient of the 2009 Principe de Asturias de las Letras in Spain.

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