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.

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.
"Waking Lions" longlisted for the 2017 JB Wingate Prize
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's captivating novel was named among the nominees for the 2017 Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize. This annual prize, worth £4,000, is awarded to the best book to translate the idea of Jewishness to the general reader. For more information click here.
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.
Fred from "Bear and Fred": "Argaman's book is wonderful and moving"
The teddy bear, Holocaust survivor Fred Lessing's loyal friend and hero of Iris Argaman's award-winning picture book "Bear and Fred", has been showcased at Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum since 1996. For an interview with Lessing, in which he reveals why he agreed to let someone else tell his story, click here. [Photo courtesy of Yad Vashem Artifacts Collection. Loaned by Fred Lessing, Michigan, USA]
Sivan's "Adonis" officially Hebrew crime classics
Aryeh Sivan’s wonderful mystery novel was awarded the Tidhar Prize for Outstanding Hebrew Crime Fiction at Israel’s first crime literature conference. The Prize committee praised Sivan’s work for its “power, sophistication and historical realism based on thorough research”. The novel has been published in German, Estonian and Chinese. For further information on this title click here.
Ronit Matalon and A.B. Yehoshua receive 2016 EMET Prize
The two prominent Israeli authors were awarded the prestigious EMET Prize, given annually for excellence in academic and professional achievements that have far reaching influence and significant contribution to society. The Prizes, awarded in five different categories, including Art and Culture, amount in total to one million dollars.
Keret receives the prestigious 2016 Charles Bronfman Prize
This year's award goes to Etgar Keret, for "inspiring and challenging the next generation through storytelling". The annual Charles Bronfman Prize recognizes young humanitarians "whose work, combined with their Jewish values, has significantly improved the world". The award committee praised Keret's achievements, literary as well as in other artistic forms, saying that "using storytelling to convey Jewish values across cultures, [they] have universal appeal and impart a humanitarian vision". The Prize is accompanied by a $100,000 award. Click here to read more.
Prestigious Sapir Award to Orly Castel-Bloom's An Egyptian Novel
Orly Castel-Bloom has been awarded the prestigious Sapir Award for her latest book, An Egyptian Novel. Among previous award winners are authors David Grossman, Yoram Kaniuk and Amir Gutfreund. Castel-Bloom has been a leading voice in Hebrew literature since her first book in 1987, constantly expanding the boundaries of the Hebrew language and of narrative style. An Egyptian Novel, her 14th book, was published a year ago to critical acclaim and amazing sales. It will be published in English by Dalkey Archives and in French by Actes Sud. The Sapir Award is the highest literary prize in Israel. In addition to NIS150,000 in prize money (ca $37,500), it covers the cost of the novel's translation into Arabic plus one other language. To date, Castel-Bloom's books have been translated into 14 languages.
"One Night" nominated for ELLE France literary award
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "One Night, Markovitch" was selected for the long list of the Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle. Winners in four categories will be announced in May 2017.
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Semel on "Isra-Isle" for JBC
With the release of "Isra-Isle" earlier this month from Mandel Vilar Press, Nava Semel is guest blogging for the Jewish Book Council. Click here to read on how the idea behind the book came to being.
Gelbfish gets Geffen
Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy named Roni Gelbfish's "Lake in Shadows" the best original Hebrew book as the author received the 2016 Geffen Award. For more information about the title click here.
"Waking Lions" to become new NBC series
Gundar-Goshen's latest novel will be the basis of the new drama series, following a buy from NBS. The project will be overlooked by Gideon Raff of the "Homeland" fame. Fore more info click here.
Castel-Bloom talking "Egyptian Novel" in Paris
While at the Lettres d’Israël festival the author spoke about the journey towards her latest novel, her relationships with Israel and the writer's freedom to go beyond the conventional. Click here to watch the full interview (in French).
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