The JBC Net­work — with rough­ly 130 mem­ber orga­ni­za­tions across North Amer­i­ca, includ­ing JCCs, syn­a­gogues, Hil­lels, Jew­ish Fed­er­a­tions, and cul­tur­al cen­ters —pro­vides over 250 authors a plat­form for shar­ing their books each year.

JBC Net­work arranges near­ly 1,400 pro­grams, both vir­tu­al­ly and in-per­son, for our mem­ber sites, includ­ing spe­cial fam­i­ly pro­gram­ming with chil­dren’s book authors around hol­i­days, Sun­day school, or camp; cook­ing demos and con­ver­sa­tions about food and Jew­ish iden­ti­ty with cook­book authors; One Book, One Com­mu­ni­ty pro­grams fea­tur­ing an author that has writ­ten on a mean­ing­ful top­ic for the com­mu­ni­ty; Yom HaShoah pro­gram­ming with authors of recent Holo­caust mem­oirs, fic­tion, and his­to­ry; events with LGBTQ+ activist authors; inti­mate book clubs and salon expe­ri­ences; deep dives into con­tem­po­rary Jew­ish prac­tice and rit­u­al; mind­ful­ness work­shops; and so much more.

Addi­tion­al­ly, Jew­ish Book Coun­cil holds a con­fer­ence for JBC Net­work mem­ber sites and authors. The event includes the chance to hear a two-minute pitch from each par­tic­i­pat­ing author, as well as work­shops for mem­ber sites on run­ning suc­cess­ful book events. Fol­low­ing the event, JBC Net­work sites make author event requests and Jew­ish Book Coun­cil coor­di­nates sched­ul­ing. Jew­ish Book Coun­cil coach­es authors for their pitch­es and pro­vides book pro­gram con­sul­ta­tion for mem­ber sites through­out the year. 

The authors and books includ­ed in the JBC Net­work pro­gram have been sub­mit­ted to the pro­gram by the author or pub­lish­er based on eli­gi­bil­i­ty, which includes pub­li­ca­tion date and the author or book being of Jew­ish inter­est. Their inclu­sion does not imply endorse­ment by Jew­ish Book Council.

Please see below for more details about mem­ber­ship for both event coor­di­na­tors and authors/​publishers, includ­ing pricing.

Infor­ma­tion for Authors and Publishers

The JBC Net­work offers Jew­ish authors, authors on Jew­ish con­tent, and authors on Jew­ish-inter­est a unique plat­form to mar­ket and pro­mote their books to a tar­get­ed Jew­ish audi­ence. The pro­gram con­nects authors to JBC Net­work mem­ber sites across North Amer­i­ca at Jew­ish Book Council’s annu­al Net­work Con­fer­ence each spring. Fol­low­ing the con­fer­ence, Net­work sites make author event requests for either vir­tu­al or in-per­son events and Jew­ish Book Coun­cil coor­di­nates all event logis­tics. JBC Net­work mem­ber sites cov­er trav­el and lodg­ing expens­es, if it is an in-per­son event, and host a sale of the author’s book at the event in their com­mu­ni­ty, but the author receives no hon­o­rar­i­um for their appear­ance. Authors are not guar­an­teed events. Par­tic­i­pat­ing authors are includ­ed in Jew­ish Book Council’s annu­al Authors on Tour book which is dis­trib­uted to all JBC Net­work mem­ber sites and receives expo­sure on the Jew­ish Book Coun­cil web­site. Guide­lines, fees, and reg­is­tra­tion can be found on the reg­is­tra­tion link on the right-hand side of the page or email suzanne@​jewishbooks.​org.

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Infor­ma­tion for Event Coordinators

As a JBC Net­work mem­ber site, you get access to Jew­ish Book Council’s net­work of Jew­ish-inter­est authors, as well as exten­sive resources for run­ning Jew­ish book fes­ti­vals, speak­ers’ series, and cul­tur­al events, includ­ing book pro­gram con­sul­ta­tion and pro­fes­sion­al net­work­ing. Mem­ber­ship addi­tion­al­ly includes a dis­count on book­ing authors through our Read On pro­gram.

At the JBC Net­work Con­fer­ence held each spring, over 250 authors make two-minute pitch­es for their books. Fol­low­ing the event, sites sub­mit their author requests for either vir­tu­al or in-per­son events and Jew­ish Book Coun­cil coor­di­nates events. Sites do not pay an hon­o­rar­i­um for authors who do an event but must cov­er an author’s trav­el and lodg­ing expens­es and host a sale of the author’s book. Guide­lines, pric­ing, and reg­is­tra­tion can be found on the reg­is­tra­tion link on the right-hand side of the page or here.

If you are a cur­rent Net­work mem­ber site, you can find mem­ber-only resources using the Mem­ber Site Resources” link found above. 

For any fur­ther ques­tions please con­tact Suzanne Swift at suzanne@​jewishbooks.​org.

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