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Tami Shem-Tov

Tami Shem-Tov was born in Kiryat Ono, Israel, in 1969, and lives in Tel Aviv. After working as a journalist for a number of years, she now teaches creative writing at the University of Haifa and holds meetings with children. Shem-Tov has written several books for children and youth and a children's play. Her first book, Just for Milli, was awarded the Ze'ev Prize (1999); her second, Matti's Orange Revolution, has been adapted for the stage. Letters from Nowhere received the Yad Vashem Prize (2007), the Ze'ev Prize (2008) and the German Children's Literature Award (2010). She also received the Prime Minister's Prize (2011). Shem-Tov's latest book for youth, I'm not a Thief, was awarded the DafDaf Prize (2012), the Lea Goldberg Prize (2013), an Andersen Honor Citation (2014) the Public Libraries Award (2014) and the Bialik Prize (2014).

Tami Shem-Tov

Books Published in Hebrew

Just for Milli (youth), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1998 [Rak Bishvil Milli]
Matti’s Orange Revolution (children) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2000 [Mahapechat Ha-Tapuzim Shel Mati]
Only Galia Can See Them (youth), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2002 [Rak Galia Roʹa Otam]
Letters from Nowhere (crossover) , Dvir, 2007 [Ve-Eich Korʹim Lach Achshav]
The God in the Machine (youth) , Kinneret, 2009 [Deus: Ha-El She-Be-Thoch Ha-Mechona]]
The Story of Ben Yehuda (children), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2010 [Ha-Sipur Shel Eliezer Ben-Yehuda]
Cat, Come Home: A Childrenʹs Guide to Raising Cats (children), Am Oved, 2011 [Hatul Ba Habaita: Madrich Li-Yladim Le-Gidul Hatulim]
Iʹm Not a Thief (youth) , Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2012 [Ani Lo Ganav]
Mari Curie (children), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan [Mari Kiri She-Gilta Et Ha-Karnayim Ha-Chazakot Ba-Olam]
A Concert in the Sand [with Rachella Sandbank] (children-picture bk) , Keter, 2013 [Kontzert Ba-Cholot]
Malka, a Queen in Jerusalem [with Rachella Sandbank] (children-picture bk) , 2015 [Malka Bi-Yerushalayim]
Coming Home [with Rachella Sandbank] (children-picture bk) , Keter, 2017 [Habayta]

Books in Translation

Spanish: Barcelona, Planeta, 2008; Emece, 2010
Catalan: Barcelona, Columna, 2008
Dutch: Amsterdam, Sirene, 2009; pback: MM Boeken, 2011
German: Frankfurt, Fischer, 2009
Italian: Milan, Piemme, 2010  
Japanese: Tokyo, Iwanami Shoten, 2011
Japanese: Tokyo, Fukuinkan, 2015
English: Minneapolis, Kar-Ben, 2017 
English: Minneapolis, Kar-Ben, forthcoming

Mari Curie

Arabic: Bnei Brak, The Israel Center for Books and Libraries, 2015

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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