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Jonathan Yavin

Jonathan Yavin was born in New York in 1972. He holds a BA in philosophy and literature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Yavin started writing professionally at age 19 and later wrote personal columns and political essays for the Hebrew press - Haaretz and Yedioth Ahronoth in particular. He has also participated in many TV and radio shows. At present, he teaches creative writing and is op-ed columnist for the daily Yedioth Ahronoth. Yavin has written children's books, young-adult and adult novels. His first children's book, When I Grow Up..., has been reprinted ten times since its publication in 2002. Pumpkin the Kitten has become a set text for kindergarten and elementary schools.
Yavin has received the Book Publishers Association's Platinum Prize for Pumpkin the Kitten (2011) and the Prime Minister's Prize (2011). His book, Oh, Brother, won the Israel Museum award for illustration (2006).

Yoni Yavin

Books Published in Hebrew

When I Grow Up... [with Nevo Ziv] (children-picture bk), Am Oved, 2002 [Hachi Hayiti Rotze Lihiyot...]
Baba Gee (novel), Am Oved, 2004 [Baba Gee]
Pumpkin the Kitten (children-picture bk) , Am Oved, 2004 [He-Chatul Dla'at Meshaneh et Ha-Da'at]
Oh, Brother (children-picture bk), Am Oved, 2005 [Achla Ach]
Zehavim (youth), Am Oved, 2006 [Zehavim]
When Dad Was Sad (children-picture bk), Am Oved, 2008 [Kshe-Aba Haya Atzuv]
Anti (youth) , Am Oved, 2010 [Anti]
In the Neighborhood (children-picture bk), Am Oved, 2010 [Ba-Shchuna Shelanu]
HouseSitter (novel), Am Oved, 2011 [Shmar-Bayit]
Building a Story (non-fiction), Zmora-Bitan, 2012 [Bonim Sipur: Ha-Architektura Shel Melechet Ha-Ktiva]
Dorri the Dragon (chilfren-picture bk), Am Oved, 2013 [Doron Ha-Drakon]
The Mizanthropist (novel) , Zmora-Bitan, 2014 [Ha-Mizantrop]
King Leo Retires (children-picture bk), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2015 [Ha-Melech Ahrale Poresh]
Love vs Friendship (youth), Yedioth Ahronoth, 2017 [Ahava Neged Chaverut]
Cockatoo Hairdo (children-picture bk), Am Oved, 2017 [Gozalim Ba-Rosh]

Books in Translation

Arabic: Nazareth, Merkaz adab al-Atfal al-Arabi fi Israel, 2006
Japanese: Tokyo, Iwanami Shoten, forthcoming
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.
Chana Bloch dies at 77
Chana Bloch, a revered poet and translator from Hebrew and Yiddish, has sadly passed away earlier this month. Among her many remarkable achievements is the wonderful translation of a collection of poems by Dahlia Ravikovitch​ (W. W. Norton & Company). Chana will be greatly missed.
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.
Dayan on feminism and writing
Following the release of "Transitions" in English, Yael Dayan talks to Lilith Magazine about her past aspirations and present pursuits. Click here to read the full interview.
Gundar-Goshen's Op-Ed for Time
To mark the US publication of "Waking Lions" Ayelet Gundar-Goshen talks about the refugee crisis, internal walls and people behind them in the op-ed for Time. Click here to read the article.
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