Good news for translators!

As of 2016, the International Man Booker Prize will be will merged with the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and handed  to both author and translator. The biennial prize will be awarded to a single book published in the UK (translated into English). The prize money will be divided equally between the author and the translator. The prestigious prize’s administrators say they wish to honor the usually underestimated work of translators.

David Grossman awarded Man Booker International Prize 2017
"A Horse Walks Into a Bar", Grossman's latest novel, scoops £50,000 prize to be shared with translator Jessica Cohen. Cohen is one of most prominent translators from Hebrew - her portfolio includes many acclaimed authors such as Ronit Matalon, Nava Semel, Etgar Keret, Dorit Rabinyan and Amir Gutfreund. For more information click here.
Amos Oz and his translator awarded an outstanding Chinese literary award
Amos Oz, one of the most prominent Israeli authors and an old friend of the ITHL, received the first Jingdong Literature Prize: his "Scenes from Village Life" became the best translated work. Oz will be sharing the prize money - 1 million yuan ($147,100) - with his Chinese translator, Dr. Zhong Zhiqing, who over the years has been working tirelessly to introduce Hebrew literature to the Chinese audience. For more information about the prize click here.
Israel's 2016 Golden and Platinum titles announced
In the run-up to the Jerusalem International Book Fair (11-15.06) the Book Publishers Association of Israel has announced the Golden and Platinum titles of 2016 - those that sold more than 20,000 and more than 40,000 copies in Israel respectively. Among ITHL's titles, Zeruya Shalev's "Pain" and Merav Halperin's "My Husband's Not Home" appeared on the Golden list, while Deborah Omer's 1967 classic "Sarah Aharonson, Heroine" was named Platinum. See the full list in Hebrew by clicking here.
"Bear and Fred" awarded Italy's National Literary Prize
Iris Argaman's wonderful "Bear and Fred" was awarded the 1st Prize among books for 6-11 year-olds by Italy's National Literary Prize “Giovanni Arpino”. For more information about this exciting and important story click here.
"Waking Lions" - 2017 Winner of JQ Wingate Prize
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's captivating novel won the 2017 Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize. This annual prize, worth £4,000, is the only UK literary prize of its kind and is awarded to the best book to translate the idea of Jewishness to the general reader. The Prize committee praised Gundar-Goshen’s work, saying that it is “an incredibly compelling and enjoyable read” and “an important piece of work in light of the present-day refugee crisis.” For more information click here.
Ben-Naftali's "The Teacher" receives 2016 Sapir Prize
Michal Ben-Naftali's latest novel was awarded the prestigious Sapir Prize. The Prize committee praised the author for her refined writing, saying that while touching "upon one of the open sores of Israeli society" she "transforms her sad story into an exciting adventure, similar to the discovery of a new continent." The Sapir Award is the highest literary prize in Israel. In addition to NIS 150,000 in prize money (almost $40,000), it will subsidize the novel's translation into Arabic plus one other language.
"Mrs. Rothschild's Love" wins the 2016 Steimatzky Prize
Israel's biggest bookstore chain named Sara Aharoni's latest novel one of the three bestselling titles of the past year. For 27 weeks this moving story of possibly the most famous Jewish family, the Rothschild's, remained on the bestsellers list. To learn more about the title click here.
Adei-Wizo Literary Prize winners: Gundar-Goshen and Keret
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "One Night, Markovitch" and Etgar Keret's "The Seven Good Days" were announced the joint winners of 2016 Adelina Della Pergola Prize for Jewish literature, awarded by the Association of Jewish Women of Italy.
Yishai Sarid wins the 2016 Bernstein Prize
Yishai Sarid's latest novel "The Third" was awarded the prestigious Bernstein Prize for literary works by young Hebrew writers. Sarid was praised for his poetic and lucid writing style, as well as for his dialogue with the Hebrew literary tradition. For more information about the title click here.
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is one of the 100 notable books of 2017 of the "New York Times".

Congratulations to Zeruya Shalev and Shifra Horn for receiving the 2017 Adei Wizo Prize.

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award! The books on the longlist are selected by 400 libraries worldwide. Titles are nominated on the basis of ‘high literary merit’ as determined by the nominating library.
The second edition of the Letters of Israel festival will take place in Paris from September 8 to 18, 2017
After the success of its first edition, the Lettres d'Israël festival is gaining momentum, with an enriched program: meetings, conversations, readings , Theater, major authors and discoveries. Zeruya Shalev, Orly Castel-bloom, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, Iris Argaman, and many more will participate. Click here for the full program:
Call for application: Artists in Residence Programme in Austria. Please note the deadline: September 18th, 2017.
In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery makes available 50 residencies to visual artists / art photographers / composers / video and media artists / writers / literary translators and arts and cultural educators in Vienna and Salzburg for the year 2018. For more details:
Yizhak Mayer: "Meet the Author" Event
Ambassador Yizhak Mayer, author of the moving book “Silent Letter” will hold a “meet the author” event in Netanya. For further info about the event: And for more details about the title click here:
ITHL director on Grossman's win
"Grossman winning is not only his own achievement, but the achievement of the Hebrew literature as a whole", - Nilli Cohen on the first Hebrew author to receive Man Booker International Prize. Click here for the full article in Hebrew.
Yitzchak Mayer's personal website goes live
English edition of Yitzchak Mayer's amazing "Silent Letter" is about to come out with Mosaic Press. Learn more about the author's incredible life story on his brand new website.
MHL - New webzine starting soon!