Dear Fellow Book Lovers,
It is with great disappointment that I am writing to inform you that, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and following extensive consultation with medical experts, the Board and Programming Committee of Melbourne Jewish Book Week have decided to cancel the 2020 festival scheduled for May 2—7.
In making this decision, we are putting the health and safety of our community, writers, volunteers, audience members and other guests above all other considerations. We want to ensure that no one feels obligated to participate in, or attend, MJBW, when their instincts and rationale indicate otherwise.
I would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused – but hope that in making this call when we have, any inconvenience will be minimised.
I wish to thank you for your interest and commitment to MJBW.
We intend to monitor the situation and, rest assured, planning for the next MJBW festival and pop-up events will gear up as soon as the current COVID-19 pandemic is over.
Thank you for your understanding.
Festival Director, MJBW