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Israeli Authors at the PEN World Voices Festival

The PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature is coming soon: late April/early May. Most events are taking place in New York City, and some are free and open to the public.

Several events feature Israeli authors Meir Shalev and David Grossman. Check out the following:

April 27, 2009: Meir Shalev: The State of Israeli Literature
April 30, 2009: Meir Shalev in Conversation with Daniel Menaker
May 3, 2009: Conversation: David Grossman and Leonard Lopate
May 4, 2009: See Under: Love: David Grossman on Bruno Schulz

Update: Apparently, I missed a couple of relevant events when I put this post together. Apologies to all. Here, thanks to Naomi Firestone and the Jewish Book Council, is the full roster.

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Sana Krasikov Wins Sami Rohr Prize

I’ve mentioned Sana Krasikov and her debut story collection, One More Year, on this blog a couple of times, but boy, do I regret not writing up something more substantive after I read the book a few months back! And that’s because Krasikov has been racking up honors and awards since then, most recently yesterday, when she was named the winner of the 2009 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.

Congratulations to Sana Krasikov. I am really looking forward to the awards ceremony!

In the meantime, here are a few links to help you can learn more about Krasikov and her work.

“Maia in Yonkers,” one of the stories included in One More Year.
–Just one of many reviews of the collection.
–Jewish Book Council Q&A with the author.

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Introducing Gila Green

This blog’s site statistics reveal that a number of people find their way to My Machberet because they’re searching for information on creative writing in Israel. Which makes me especially pleased to introduce you to Gila Green, a writer who grew up in Canada and moved to Israel in 1994. She holds an MA in English Literature, with a major in Creative Writing, from Bar Ilan University, and has published work in multiple genres (including a number of short stories).

Gila’s blog will tell you lots more about her writing, and it will also fill you in on her workshops and lectures for creative writers. (In an e-mail, Gila told me that she has a particular interest in “bridging the gap I see between religious and non-religious writers.”)

I’m going to be visiting her blog frequently. You may want to, as well.

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Scripts Sought

Found this on places for writers:

Shadowpath Theatre (Toronto, ON) seeks scripts about the Holocaust for Holocaust Education week (Fall 2009). Contract for the playwright. Submit script sample, resume, production history and synopsis to alex@shadowpaththeatre.ca.”

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All About Aharon Appelfeld

A new English translation of a novel, Laish, by Aharon Appelfeld, is out, and the press is paying attention! Here is a Web-only interview Appelfeld gave The Forward. The Forward has reviewed the book, too. And here’s another review, in Bookforum, by the very smart William Giraldi (I loved his piece on Appelfeld in Poets & Writers last fall).

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