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Leah (Lea) Aini

Leah (Lea) Aini was born in Tel Aviv in 1962, and studied Hebrew language and literature. She works as an essayist and literary critic, and teaches creative writing. Aini has published novels, stories and novellas, poetry and a number of books for children and youth. Aini has been awarded the Wertheim Prize for Poetry (1988), the Adler Prize for Poetry (1988), the Tel Aviv Foundation Award (1993), the Prime Minister's Price twice (1994; 2004), the Bernstein Prize for Drama (2006), the Bialik Prize (2010) and the Neuman Prize (2014). Her novel Rose of Lebanon was a finalist for the Sapir Literary Prize (2010).           

Books Published in Hebrew            
Portrait (poetry), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1988 [Dyokan]
The Empress of Imagined Fertility (poetry), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1991 [Keisarit Ha-Piryon Ha-Medumeh]
The Sea Horse Race (stories & novella), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1991 [Giborei Kayitz]
Sand Tide (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1992 [Geut Ha-Chol]
Someone Must Be Here (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1995 [Mishehi Tzricha Lihiyot Kan]
Oleanders or Poisoned Love Stories (stories), Zmora-Bitan, 1997 [Hardufim: Sipurim Mur'alim Al Ahava]
Ashtoret (novel), Zmora-Bitan, 1999 [Ashtoret]
Sdommel (novella & two stories), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 2001 [Sdomm'el]
Giant, Queen, and the Master of Games (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2004 [Anak, Malka Ve-Oman Ha-Mischakim)
Rose of Lebanon (novel), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2009 [Vered Ha-Levanon)
Horsey (novel), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2012 [Susit]
The Native (novel & novella), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2014 [Bat Ha-Makom]
Ask Yourself (novella), Dvir, Heksherim, 2017 [Tish'ali] 
Call Me from Downstairs (youth), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1994 [Tikra Li Mi-Lemata]
Mr. Rabbit's Job Hunt (children-picture bk), Am Oved, 1994 [Mar Arnav Mechapes Avoda]
Hi, Yuli (youth), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1995 [Hei, Yuli!]
Half-Pint and Wandercloud; Octopina (children), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1996 [Chetzi Ve-Ananes; Tamnunina]
Song Me, Song Mummy (children-picture bk), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2000 [Shir Ani, Shir Ima: Shirim Li-Ye'ela]
Parsley Ponytail (children), Kinneret, 2002 [Kuku Petrozilya]

Books in Translation             
Someone Must Be Here            
German: Frankfurt, Suhrkamp, 1997

Leah (Lea) Aini

Books Published in Hebrew

Books in Translation

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.
MHL - New webzine starting soon!