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Gabriela Avigur-Rotem

Gabriela Avigur-Rotem was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1946 and came to Israel in 1950. She holds a degree in Hebrew and English literature. She has taught literature at high school and directed writing workshops at Haifa and Ben Gurion Universities. She now works as an editor at Haifa University Publishing House.
Avigur-Rotem published her first book of poetry in 1980 and her first novel in 1992. She has been awarded the Peter Schweipert Prize for Young Writers, the Rabinowitz Prize for Poetry (1990), the Prime Minister's Prize twice (1992; 2001), the Keshet Publishers' Gold and Platinum Book Prizes as well as the Goldberg Prize for her bestselling novel Heatwave and Crazy Birds (2001), the President's Prize (2002), the WIZO Prize (France, 2006) and the Geffen Prize for Every Story Is a Sudden Cat (2014).

Gabriela Avigur-Rotem

Books Published in Hebrew

Dolcinea (poetry), Dvir, 1980 [Doltzinea]
Walls and Emperors (poetry), Keter, 1990 [Homot Ve-Keisarim]
Mozart Was Not a Jew (novel) , Keter, 1992; Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2008 [Motzart Lo Haya Yehudi]
Heatwave and Crazy Birds (novel) , Keshet, 2001; Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2008 [Chamsin Ve-Tziporim Meshugaot]
Ancient Red (novel), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2007 [Adom Atik]
Every Story Is a Sudden Cat (novel), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2013 [Kol Sipur Hu Chatul Pitʹom]
King of Gold and Blood (historical novel), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2017 [Melech Zahav Va-Dam]

Books in Translation

Italian: Milan, Tartaruga, 1997; pback: Milan, Baldini & Castoldi, 1999
Portuguese: Rio de Janeiro, Imago, 1997
Chinese: Guangzhou, Flower City, 1998
Arabic: Cairo, Al Dar al-Arabia, 2001
French: Arles, Actes Sud, 2006
Italian: Milan, Baldini & Castoldi, 2004
German: Frankfurt, Suhrkamp, 2008
English: Champaign, IL, Dalkey Archive, 2011
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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