For Program Coordinators

Registration for the 2015-2016 JBC Network is now open! To enroll your organization as a JBC Network member for the coming year, please complete and submit the ONLINE FORM.

For your reference, the complete guidelines and schedule for JBC Network membership and participation in the upcoming year can be found here:

2015-2016 Network Site Guidelines 2015-2016 Network Site Guidelines (651 KB)

Through the JBC Network program, the Jewish Book Council is able to provide extensive resources to the program coordinators of Jewish book festivals, speakers’ series, and cultural events. These services include introduction to authors interested in touring Jewish book programs, book program consultation, and professional networking. Each year, over 200 authors register for the JBC Network program. These authors, under the special terms of the JBC Network, travel without an honorarium to JBC Network member sites. The hosting venue covers all author travel expenses, and each event must include and promote a book sale.

Your organization’s membership dues of $595 for the 2015-2016 year entitles you to:
• an invitation to the JBC Network Conference (May 26-28), where you'll attend presentations by over 200 authors and professional development sessions (separate registration fee)
• full access to JBC Network authors for events at your local venue
• discounted admission to BookExpo America (immediately following the JBC Network Conference)
• free consultation with Jewish Book Council staff
• access to our password-protected JBC Network resource center on the website 
• a subscription to Jewish Book World, the JBC’s quarterly magazine
• a Jewish Book Month kit (includes Jewish Book Month posters and bookmarks)
• member rate for READ ON: Author Speaker's Bureau. (Details about this new program will be available on the Jewish Book Council website starting January 2015.)

For further information about JBC Network membership, please contact Suzanne Swift at (347) 871-3567 or

2015-2016 JBC Network Calendar

The JBC Network year runs from May 1-April 30. The initial scheduling period for the June 2015-May 2016 touring year runs late June through early August.

January: Online registration for JBC Network membership and the annual Network Conference opens. The Conference is open to staff and lay leaders affiliated with the member site. Conference registration fee is not included in membership dues.

April: Conference registration and payment must be received by April 1.
It is possible to register and/or submit payment for the conference through April 15 for an additional fee.

May: Members receive the complete list of the 2015-2016 authors.
The set of JBC Network books is mailed out to member sites attending the Conference, or those non-attending members purchasing a set separately.
A site not attending the Conference has access to key author information in the Authors on Tour book, delivered by mail, and the JBC Network’s members-only website.
The JBC Network Conference takes place May 26-28. Members in attendance receive Authors on Tour—a book available only to JBC Network members, which includes book descriptions, author bios, list prices, publication information, contact information, and the author’s travel availability—and have the opportunity to hear from over 200 authors during five Meet the Author events at the Conference.

June: Members have a two-week “reading period” after the Conference, during which time they review the JBC Network authors and their books.
Member sites submit initial author requests for the entire year to the Jewish Book Council. The request deadline for the 2015-2016 program is 9:00am DST on Friday, June 12. Members may request authors anytime throughout the year, but certain authors’ availability may be more limited after this first round of requests.
Approximately two weeks after the request deadline, the Jewish Book Council sends tentative schedules to members; members approve and/or make necessary changes.

July-August: The community-approved tentative schedules are sent to the authors for approval. Once the booking is confirmed by both author and member site, it is considered final. The Jewish Book Council then sends out an official confirmation letter and schedule to each host community and all participating authors, which must be signed and returned to the Jewish Book Council.

August 2015-May 2016: As soon as bookings are confirmed, coordinators are responsible for contacting authors, using contact information provided by the Jewish Book Council. The details of this initial contact are outlined below. JBC Network travel agents begin working with coordinators and authors to book travel based on the finalized schedules.. Members may make additional author requests throughout the year by emailing Suzanne Swift.

All cancellations will be charged a $40 fee. (Note: There will be no refunds after May 1. Refunds are payable on July 1.)