The Book Garden was created for the festival and was open to all throughout the festival. It featured a café, bookshop and library, with views of Mount Zion, the City of David, and the hills of Judea. An idyllic setting where the festival participants and guests could gather, read the books on the shelves and mingle with the literary members over a delicious cup of coffee.
One of the many events and lectures held at the Writers Festival included a discussion between Meir Shalev (Israel) and Jesus Carrasco (Spain) who discussed their similarities, having been brought up in the same environment but in two different countries, and the portrayal of these similarities in both of their novels. The cruelty of nature and mankind were the similar themes that stood at the heart of both Shalev’s latest novel, Two She-Bears, and Carrasco’s debut novel, Out in the Open.
By Lotte Beilin