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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

Cockatoo Hairdo

German: Zürich, Kiriat Yearim, 2017

French: Zürich, Kiriat Yearim, 2017


King Leo Retires

Chinese: Fuzhou, Fujian Science and Technology Press, forthcoming

"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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