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Motti Lerner

Motti Lerner was born in 1949 in Zichron Yaakov. He studied mathematics and physics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and theater in London and San Francisco. From 1979 to 1984, he was director and playwright at the Khan Theater in Jerusalem. Since then, he has been a freelance playwright and screenwriter for the major theaters and TV channels in Israel, as well as a lecturer in political playwriting at Tel Aviv University. He has also been writer-in-residence at the Center for Postgraduate Hebrew Studies in Oxford, Visiting Drama Professor at Duke University, USA, and frequently lectures at European and American universities on Israeli theater, especially in relation to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Lerner has written many plays and many TV films and drama series. His plays have been produced in the USA, England, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Australia. He has received many awards including the Israeli Academy Award for Children's Drama (1980), the Meskin Play of the Year Award (1985), the Prime Minister's Prize (1994), the Israeli Motion Picture Academy Award for Best TV Drama (1995), the Best TV Feature Film (2004) and the Landau Prize for Cinema and Television (2014).            

Books Published in Hebrew            
Kastner, Or-Am, 1985 [Kastner]            
Pangs of the Messiah, Or-Am, 1987 [Hevlei Mashiah]
Else or Exile in Jerusalem, Or-Am, 1990 [Else]            
Pollard, Or-Am, 1995 [Pollard]            
Autumn, Or-Am, 1996 [Stav Yamav]
Seven Plays Safra & Assaf Plays, 2009 [Siv`a Mahazot]    
The Princess and the Hobo (children) [Jerusalem Khan, 1980; Israel TV, 1990; Stendal Theater, Germany, 1991; Schloss Theater in Celle, Germany, 1994]
Kastner [Cameri, 1985; Heilbronn Theater, Germany, 1988; Hungarian Radio, 1990] 
The Witness [National Theater for Youth, 1986]            
Pangs of the Messiah (Cameri, 1987)            
Paula [Cameri, 1987]
Exile in Jerusalem (Else) [Habimah, 1990; Royal National Theater Studio, London, 1992; Jewish Ensemble Theater, Detroit, 1993; Tri-Buhne Theater, Stuttgart, 1994; Williamstown Theater Festival, Massachusetts, 1994; Wienkelwiese Theater, Zurich, 1995; Theater "J", Washington DC, 1998; La-Mama Theater, New York, 1998); Freie Buhne Theater, Vienna, 2000; Salt Pillar Theater, Melbourne, 2000; Bamah Theater, Berlin, 2002 
The Donkey of Oz (children) [Library Theater, Ramat Gan]
Pollard [Cameri, 1995]
Loves at Bitania (TV drama) [Israel TV, 1993]
Kastner`s Trial (TV drama) [Israel TV, 1994]            
Autumn [Beit Lessin, 1996; Heilbronn Theater, Germany, 1996; La-Mama Theater, New York, 1996; Duke University Drama Program, 1997; Georgetown University Drama Program, 2001] 
Bus 300 (TV drama) [Israeli TV, 1997]            
Egoz (TV drama) [Israel TV, 1998]
The Murder of Isaac [Heilbronn Theater, Germany, 1999]
The Institute (TV drama) [Israel TV 2, 2000]            
A Battle in Jerusalem (TV drama) [Israel TV1, 2002]            
Coming Home [Tzavta Festival, 2003; Heilbronn Theater (part of Gegensetien, 2003; Golden Thread Theater, San Francisco, 2003]
Hard Love [Haifa Theater, 2003]
The Silence of the Sirens (TV feature film) [Israel TV2, 2003]           
Passing the Love of Women [Habimah, 2003; Theater "J", Washington, DC, 2004]  

Books in Translation
English: Tel Aviv, Israeli Theater Institute, 1986            


Motti Lerner

Books Published in Hebrew

Books in Translation

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.
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:
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.
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.
MHL - New webzine starting soon!