My third book was published this week. Needless to say, I’m somewhere between panic and excitement. It’s the first one in English after my two books in Hebrew. When I come up with a new book I’m preoccupied with all kinds of questions, such as:
- Will people buy it?
- Will they like it?
- Will the reviewers like it?
With my new book published in the US, I also have worries as an Israeli author, such as:
- Will my writing be interesting to a foreign reader?
- Will people who are not Jewish or those who know nothing about Israel want to read it?
- Will the book be received as universal, even though certain stories are clearly set in my own country and culture?
- Will the Israeli “situation,” as conveyed in my book, seem bizarre or extreme from a distance?
But now I have a new set of questions that have to do with technology. Take these, for example:
- Do people still read books?
- Is there life outside of Facebook?
- Will there still be bookstores in 10 years?
So many times have I been advised to start a blog or publish on the web. But there’s no way. I’m too attached to the print, the paper, the smell of the book. It’s a totally sensual experience, isn’t it? How can I give up on my first and biggest love? Like everybody else, I live a considerable part of my day on the computer, but I resist giving up on the rest of the world. Here’s a universal message that has nothing to do with being Jewish or Israeli: I’ll continue reading and writing books, real physical books, even if I’m the last one to do so.