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Yehonatan Geffen

Born in Nahalal, Israel, in 1947, Yehonatan Geffen is a poet, writer, playwright, songwriter, and perfomer. He studied English and English literature at Cambridge University and has been writing a weekly satirical column in the Israeli newspaper Maariv for about forty years. He spent 1991 in London and 1994-1996 in New York as the newspaper's correspondent. Geffem was awarded the Bernstein Prize for Children's Literature (1983), the Prime Minister's Prize (2013) and the Israeli Union of Performing Artists' Prize for lifetime achievement (2016).

Yehonathan Gefen

Books Published in Hebrew

Few Words, Tarbut Ve-Chinuch, 1968; Zmora, Bitan, Modan, 1977 [Kama Milim]
A Place for Concern, Sreberk, Sifriat Maariv, 1971 [Makom Li-Deʹaga]
Mainly Love Poems, A.L. Special Edition, 1976; Dvir, 1983 [Be-Ikar Shirei Ahava]
Less But Still Hurts, Schocken, 1980 [Pachot Aval Koʹev]
You Remember the Songs, Kinneret, 1983 [Atem Zochrim Et Ha-Shirim]
36 Poems, Dvir, 1985 [36 Shirim]
Farewells, Dvir, 1993 [Hitparduyot]
Jail House Rock, Sifriat Maariv, 1988 [Rok Be-Veit Ha-Sohar]
Poems 85-90, Kinneret, 1990 [Shirim 85-90]
Separations, Dvir, 1993 [Hitparduyot]
Nobodyʹs Cat, Dvir, 2000 [Chatul Shel Af Echad]
Last Line Before I Go, Dvir, 2009 [Acharei Ha-Shir Ha-Ze Ani Holech]
Love Songs [book & CD], Am Oved, 2009 [Omer Shirei Ahava]
The Yellow Book (humor), Massada, 1973 [Ha-Sefer Ha-Tsahov: Madrich La-Av Ha-Matchil]
Milk Teeth (novel), Zmora, Bitan, Modan, 1977 [Shinei Chalav: Roman Boser]
On Stage, Kinneret, 1983 [Al Ha-Krashim: Ktaʹim Me-Ofaʹot]
The Coinʹs Fourth Side (non-fiction), Kinneret, 1983 [Ha-Tzad Ha-Reviʹi Shel Ha-Matbeʹa]
Pieces (non-fiction), Kinneret, 1989 [Ktaʹim: Kol Kitmei Yehonatan Geffen: Hashlamot Ve-Tikunim]
On Stage: Second Round, Kinneret, 1990 [Al Ha-Krashim (Sibuv Sheni)]
The Marble Armchair (novel), Kinneret, 1991 [Kursat Ha-Shayish]
Yours on Fridays (humor), Kinneret, 1992 [Be-Ofen Ishi: Kol Yom Shishi]
With Regard to the Roses (stories), Kinneret, 1995 [Be-Kesher La-Shoshanim]
Far From the Tree (non-fiction), Modan, 1997 [Rachok Me-Ha-Etz: New York-Tel Aviv: Ktaʹim Ve-Hamlatzot Me-Ha-Tapuach Ha-Gadol ]
Lovely Lady (novel), Dvir, 1999 [Isha Yekara]
Zifzif (stories), Keter, 2000 [Tziftzif]
Good Stuff (memoir), Dvir, 2002 [Chomer Tov]
Heartsplit (non-fiction), Dvir, 2005 [Aliyato U-Nefilato Shel Ha-Why]
An American Novel (novel), Dvir, 2007 [Roman Amerikaʹi]
Johnny Has Gone (play), The Institute of Israeli Drama, 2009 [Johnny Halach]
Temporary Crown (novel), Dvir, 2013 [Keter Zmani]
The Writing Child (autobiography), Dvir, 2016 [Ha-Yeled Ha-Kotev]
Songs Anat Loves Best (children), Dvir, 1969 [Shirim She-Anat Ohevet Bi-Meyuchad]
Once Upon a Time... Stories that Anat Loves Best (children), Dvir, 1970 [Yom Echad... Kach Matchilim Kol Ha-Sipurim She-Anat Ohevet Bi-Meyuchad]
Stars Are the Children of the Moon (children-picture bk), Dvir, 1974 [Ha-Kochavim Hem Ha-Yeladim Shel Ha-Yareʹach]
The Sixteenth Sheep (children-picture bk) , Nushi, 1978; Dvir, 1983; 1992; 2010 [Ha-Keves Ha-Shisha Asar]
A Whole Book about One Cat (children), Kinneret, 1980 [Sefer Shalem Al Chatul Echad]
The Cauliflower Boy (children), Dvir, 1982; 2016 [Yeled Ha-Kruvit: Maʹasiya Im Shirim Ve-Gam Tziyurim]
The Wrong Dragon (children-picture bk), Dvir, 1986 [Ha-Drakon Ha-Lo-Nachon]
The Prettiest Girl in Kindergarten (children-picture bk), Kinneret, 1986 [Ha-Yalda Hachi Yafa Ba-Gan]
The Garden of Lost Dreams (children-picture bk), Dvir, 1989 [Gan Ha-Chalomot Ha-Avudim]
Poems Yehonatan Loves Most (children), Dvir, 1994 [Shirim She-Yehonatan Ohev Bi-Meyuchad]
Poems for Natasha (children), Dvir, 1997 [Shirim Le-Natasha: Shirim Rishonim Le-Tinokot Ktanim Ve-Gam La-Horim She-Lo Yeshenim]
But Why?: One Day with Father and Daughter (children-picture bk), Dvir, 2000 [Aval Lama?: Yom Echad Im Aba Ve-Bat]
Allergy (children), Dvir, 2003 [Alergiya: Sipur Yeladot]
I Love (children-picture bk), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, Dvir, 2005 [Ani Ohev]
Eucalyptus Soup (children), Dvir, 2011 [Merak Ekaliptus: Ha-Zamar She-Kara Lo Ma She-Hu Shar]
Sitstandlan (children-picture bk), Dvir, 2015 [Yashvanimadiya]
The Ayar Bond [Beit Lessin, 1982]
Sleep Valley, Sleep [Beit Lessin, 1986]
Cyprus [Cameri, 1995]
Petra [Cameri, 1998]
Johnny Has Gone [Cameri, 2009]

Books in Translation

Lovely Lady
German: Frankfurt, Dr. Orgler, 2002

Songs that Anat Loves Best (children)
English: Tel Aviv, Dvir, 1974
Congratulations to Zeruya Shalev and Shifra Horn for receiving the 2017 Adei Wizo Prize.

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award! The books on the longlist are selected by 400 libraries worldwide. Titles are nominated on the basis of ‘high literary merit’ as determined by the nominating library.
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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