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Nava Semel

Nava Semel (1954-2017) was born in Tel Aviv. She had an MA in art history from Tel Aviv University and worked as a journalist, art critic and TV, radio and recording producer. Semel published novels, short stories, poetry, plays, children's books and a number of TV scripts. Many of her stories have been adapted for radio, film, TV and the stage in Israel, Europe and the USA. Her novel, And the Rat Laughed, has been made into an opera; it is also being made into a feature film, directed by David Fisher. Her children's book, The Girl in the Gong, was performed on stage as a very successful musical in a co-production between Beit Lessin Theater and the Holon Mediatheque in 2012. Semel was a member of the Massua Institute of Holocaust Studies and was on the board of governors of the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum.
Semel received several literary prizes, including the American National Jewish Book Award for Children's Literature (1990), the Women Writers of the Mediterranean Award (1994), the Prime Minister's Prize (1996), the Austrian Best Radio Drama Award (1996), the Rosenblum Prize for Stage Arts (2005), and Tel Aviv's Literary Woman of the Year (2007). Most recently, her y/a book, Love for Beginners, received the One of the Best Seven Prize awarded by Radio Germany (2010) as well as the Educators and Scientists Association Award (Germany, 2010).

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Nava Semel

Books Published in Hebrew

Poems of Pregnancy and Birth, Sifriat Poalim, 1982 [Shirei Herayon Ve-Leida]
Hat of Glass (stories) , Sifriat Poalim, 1985; new ed. 1998 [Kova Zchuchit: Kovetz Sipurim Shel Ha-Dor Ha-Sheni]
The Child Behind the Eyes; An Old Woman (plays), Adam, 1988 [Ha-Yeled Me-Achorei Ha-Einayim; Achat Zkena]
Night Games (novel) , Am Oved, 1994 [Rally Masa Matara]
Bride on Paper (novel) , Am Oved, 1996 [Isha Al Ha-Neyar]
Zionist to the End [by Yitzhak Artzi with Nava Semel] (autobiography), Yedioth Ahronoth, 1999 [Davka Zioni]
And the Rat Laughed (novel) , Yedioth Ahronoth, 2001 [Tzchok Shel Achbarosh]
Isra Isle (novel) , Yedioth Ahronoth, 2005 [Eesrael]
Australian Wedding (autobiographical fiction) , Am Oved, 2009 [Chatuna Ostralit]
Flying Away [with Ella Milch-Sheriff] (libretto), The Institute of Israeli Drama, 2010 [Laʹuf Mi-Kan]
Head on Backwards (novel) , Zmora-Bitan, 2011 [Rosh-Akom]
Hymn to the Bible (poetry) , Even Hoshen, 2015 [Mizmor La-Tanach]
Fanny and Gabriel (novel) , Zmora-Bitan, 2017 [Fanny Ve-Gavriel]
Becoming Gershona (youth) , Am Oved, 1988 [Gershona-Shona]
Flying Lessons [Flying Away] (youth) , Am Oved, 1990; Yedioth Ahronoth, 2004 [Morris Chavivʹel Melamed Laʹuf; Laʹuf Mi-Kan]
Who Stole the Show? (children) , Yedioth Ahronoth, 1997 [Mi Ganav Et Ha-Hatzaga]
Nighty Nite (lullabies), Yedioth Ahronoth, 1998 [Lailuna]
Awake in My Sleep (lullabies), Sifriat Poalim, 2000 [Yashen Hu Er Be-Makom Acher]
The Courage to be Afraid (children) , Sifriat Poalim, 2004 [Ha-Ometz Lefached]
Love for Beginners (youth) , Yedioth Ahronoth, 2006 [Eich Matchilim Ahava]
The Backpack Fairy (children) , Sifriat Poalim, 2011 [Fe-Yaya Ve-Ha-Tarmish]
The Bell Maiden (children) , Dani Sfarim, 2015 [Yaldat Ha-Pa'amon]
Taking Wing (Mercurium Trilogy, 1) [under the name: Huan B. Landi] (fantasy novel) , Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2016 [Me'ofefet: Mercurium: Sefer Rishon]
Our Candles (children) , Yedioth Ahronoth, 2018 [Ha-Pamotim Shelanu]
An Old Woman [Haifa, 1983]
The Child Behind the Eyes [Haifa, 1986; Rome, 1990; New York, 1991; Los Angeles, 1996; Prague, 1997; Arab Theater of the Galilee, 2001; Romania (Sibiu Theatre Festival), 2004; Romania (Resita), 2005; Ankara, 2005; Lodz, 2006; Bucharest, 2007; Amsterdam, 2012]
Hi Old Man [The State Youth Theatre, 2003]
And the Rat Laughed [with Ella Milch-Sheriff] (opera) [Cameri, 2005; Warsaw, 2006; Bucharest, 2007; Toronto, 2009]
Flying Away [with Ella Milch-Sheriff] (opera) [Cameri, 2010]
The Bell Maiden [with Ben Artzi] [Beit Lessin & Holon Mediatheque, 2012]
Back to Isra Isle [Theatroneto Festival, 2013; Itim Ensemble, 2015]

Books in Translation

Italian: Naples, Guida, 2002
German: Frankfurt, Dr. Orgler Verlag, 2000
Romanian: Bucharest, Hasefer, 2003
German: Weinheim, Beltz & Gelberg, 2003; pback: 2005
Romanian: Bucharest, Pandora, 2000
English: Victoria, Austr., Hybrid, 2012

Turkish: Istanbul, Cizmeli kedi, forthcoming 

Italian: Macerata, EUM Edizioni, forthcoming

German: Mannheim, Persona, 2007
English: Victoria, Austr., Hybrid, 2008
Italian: Rome, Atmosphere Libri, 2012
Romanian: Bucharest, Hasefer, 2014
English: Simsbury, CT, Mandel Vilar Press, 2016
Italian: Livorno, Belforte, 2013
English: New York, Viking Penguin, 1990; pback: New York, Puffin (Penguin), 1992
Italian: Florence, La Casa Usher, 1990; pback: Verona, Mondadori, 1999
German: Frankfurt, Alibaba, 1993; pback: Frankfurt, Fischer, 1995; 2004; 2005
Romanian: Bucharest, Fiat Lux, 1995
Dutch: Baarn, Fontein, 2000
English: New York, Simon & Schuster, 1995
German: Berlin, Elefanten Press, 1995; Pback: Weinheim, Beltz & Gelberg, 2000
Italian: Verona, Mondadori, 1997
Czech: Prague, Albatros, 1998
Spanish: Madrid, Loguez, 1998
Dutch: Baarn, Fontein, 1999
Serbian: Belgrade, Book & Marso, 2008
Chinese: Nanjing, Jiangsu Children's Pub., 2016
Italian: Verona, Mondadori, 2003
Romanian/English: Bucharest, Hasefer, 2007
Italian: Casale Monferrato, Sonda, 2007
Czech: Praque, Albatros, 2009
German: Berlin, Jacoby & Stuart, 2010
Slovak: Bratislava, Q111, 2011

Zionist to the End [by Yitzhak Artzi with Nava Semel]

Romanian: Bucharest, Hasefer, 1999

"An original, extraordinary book" The Brenner prize committee
Congratulations to Noga Albalach, winner of the 2018 Brenner prize for her book "The Old Man (Farewell)".
Residencies in Vienna and Salzburg
In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery offers 50 residencies in Vienna and Salzburg for the year 2019. Applications can be submitted for literature, literature for children and young adults and literary translations. Please note the deadline of September 30th, 2018.
Call for applications English speakers: Stay culture in Paris (deadline: June 12th, 2018)
Details in the attached link
Congratulations to Sami Berdugo and Shoham Smith, recipients of the 2018 Bialik Prize, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in Israel!

The Ministry of Culture and Sport announced the names of the winners of the Arik Einstein Veterans Artists Prize.
A prize of 50,000 NIS was given to each of the 21 artists who worked and are still working to promote Israeli culture in various fields -Music, dance, theater, plastic arts, cinema and literature. In the literature category the winners were Ronny Someck, Jacob Buchan and Shlomit Cohen-Assif. Also, Anat Masiach is among the recipient of the prize for debut literary works. Congratulations!
The fourth German-Hebrew/Hebrew-German translation workshop November 4th to 10th, 2018 Beit Ben-Yehuda, Jerusalem
After workshops in Berlin, Jerusalem and Straelen, the workshop will return to Jerusalem this spring. This workshop will focus on the participants translations. These are unfinished translations that have not yet been published. These will be sent to all participants. The workshop is open to 10 participants and is intended for literary translators with experience and publications. Workshop facilitators: Anne Birkenhauer and Gadi Goldberg Prerequisites: At least one published translation Duration: November 4th 2018 until November 10th, 2018 Location: Beit Ben-Yehuda, 28 Ein Gedi St., 93383 Jerusalem Participation fee: Participation (Accommodation and meals) is free of charge. Travel / flight expenses will be refunded. For more details and for the documents required for submitting application: Anne Birkenhauer, and Gadi Goldberg,
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is one of the 100 notable books of 2017 of the "New York Times".

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