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Ortsion Bartana

Ortsion Bartana was born in 1949 in Tel Aviv, and still lives in his native city. He received his MA in literature and philosophy from Tel Aviv University and his PhD in Hebrew literature from Bar Ilan University. He is now professor of Hebrew literature at the Ariel University Center. Bartana has served as chairman of the Hebrew Writers Association and editor of Moznayim, the association's journal, and as president of PEN Israel. He has received several awards, among them the Wollenrod Prize (1982), the Kugel Prize (1993), the Bernstein Prize for Literary Studies (1985; 1993) and the Brenner Prize for Poetry (1997).

Books Published in Hebrew
Every Tree has its Sky, Karni, 1967 [Le-Col Ilan Shamayim]
Tormented Travels, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1975 [Masa'ot Redufim]
Islands and Counties, Sifriat Poalim, 1980 [Iyim U-Mechozot]
A Wonderful Place, Sifriat Poalim, 1987 [Makom Nifla]
Courtyards (poetic prose), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1991 [Chatzerot]
A Stroll Behind the House, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1993 [Tiyul Me-Achorei Ha-Bayit]
Bird in Hand, Bitan, 1996 [Tzipor Ba-Yad: Mivchar Shirim 1967-1996]
Love for Balkonies Plants, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2001 [Ahava Le-Tzimchei Mirpasot]
Noah's Ark. Maybe (satirical poetry), Tamuz, 2006 [Teivat Noach. Ulai]
After the Rain, Keshev, 2015 [Acharei Ha-Geshem: Shirim Chadashim U-Mivchar Shirim 1964-2014] 

Bonfires (stories), Sifriat Poalim, 1985 [Sreifot]
The Best Hours are the Night Hours (two novellas), Maariv, 1994 [Ha-Sha'ot Ha-Tovot Hen Sh'ot Ha-Layla]
The Place Where Everything Begins (novel), Emda, 2011 [Ha-Makom She-Bo Ha-Kol Matchil]

Studies in the Works of S. Y. Abramovitz, Dekel, 1979 [Mendele Mocher Sfarim: Iyun Bikorti Be-Michlol Yetzirato Shel Abramovitz] 
Testimonial Readings, Papyrus, 1982 [Edut Kri'a] 
Vouchers and Vanguards, Dvir, 1983 [Tlushim Va-Chalutzim: Hitgabshut Ha-Neio-Romantika Ba-Siporet Ha-Ivrit]
Settling Accounts, Aleph, 1985 [Lavo Cheshbon]
Caution, Israeli Literature, Papyrus, 1989 [Zehirut, Sifrut Eretz-Israelit] 
Fantasy in Israeli Literature in the Last Thirty Years (1960-1989), Papyrus/ Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1989 [Ha-Fantasya Be-Siporet Dor Ha-Medina] 
Israeli Literature in the 1980s, The Hebrew Writers Association, 1993 [Shmonim: Sifrut Israelit Ba-Asor Ha-Acharon] 
My Father, an Interval, Tamuz, 1998 [Avi, Pgishat Beinayim: Shirato Shel B. Mordechai U-Tkufato]
End of Century and Beginning of Century, Eked/ The Academic College of Judea and Samaria, 2001 [Sof Me'a Ve-Saf Me'a]
Literature and Philosophy: Meeting Points, Carmel, 2008 [Sifrut U-Filosofya: Nekudat Mifgash]
The Romantic Riddle Of 'Kochavim Bachutz', Keter, 2014 [Ha-Chida Ha-Romantit Shel Kochavim Ba-Chutz] 

Books in Translation
Selected Poems
Swedish: Tollarp, Studiekamratens, 1995 
Russian: Holon, Moria, 1999
Georgian: Kutaisi, 2003
Georgian: Kutaisi, Kutaisi Univ., 2010

Red & Other Stories
Russian: Moscow, Kniga-Sėfer, 2006

Hidden Light (novella)
Swedish: Kristianstad, Accent, 2001
Georgian: Tbilisi, Royal Univ. of Tbilisi, 2007

The Sea Like in Love (poetry)
Yiddish & Hebrew: Tel Aviv, H. Leyvik, 2011

Ortsion Bartana

Books Published in Hebrew

Books in Translation

Congratulations to Barabara Harshav for the 2018 PEN Medal for Translation!
The prize is given to a translator whose career has demonstrated a commitment to excellence through the body of their work. Barbara Harshav has been translating works from French, German, Hebrew and Yiddish for over twenty years and has currently published over forty books of translation. Among the many Hebrew authors she has translated: Yoram Kaniuk, Agnon, Yehudit Hendel, Yehuda Amichai and many more.
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!
Congratulations to Ronit Matalon, the recipient of the 2017 Brenner prize for her book 'And the Bride Closed the Door". And, congratulations to Amir ziv, the recipent of the first ever Brenner prize for debut novels.
Ronit Matalon's book tells the story of Margie, a young bride, who shuts herself up in her mother's bedroom and declares that she won’t get married. Her family gathers at the locked door, not knowing what to do. Amir Ziv tells a story that begins as an apparently routine correspondence between a prying citizen, secretly in love with his neighbor, and a conscientious municipal clerk, and developes into an uncovering of a great underlying drama.
The fourth German-Hebrew/Hebrew-German translation workshop April 29 to May 5, 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: Sunday, April 29, 2018 until Saturday, May 5, 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".

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.
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.
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