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Sami Michael

Sami Michael, one of Israel's best-known authors, was born in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1926. At age 15, he joined a leftist underground movement acting against the regime in Iraq. In 1948, his activities were discovered and he fled to Iran, making his way to Israel a year later. After working for four years as an editor at Arabic-language dailies, he studied hydrology at the British Institute and joined the Israel Hydrology Authority where he worked for 25 years. During this time, he also studied psychology and Arabic literature at Haifa University. Michael has published novels, youth books, non-fiction and a number of plays. He has received many literary awards, including the WIZO Prize (Paris), the ACUM Prize, the Brenner Prize (2004), the Ze`ev Prize, an IBBY Award (Berlin), the Israel Prize, the President`s Prize (2005), the EMET Prize (2007) and the ACUM Award for Lifetime Achievement (2012). For his work for peace, he has been honored by the UN-supported Society for International Development, and the Association for Promotion of Peace in the Middle East (Italy). He has also been awarded honorary doctorates by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1995), Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (2000) and Tel A Aviv University (2002) for his literary work and contribution to inter-communal reconciliation. Since 2001, Michael has been the president of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.

Books Published in Hebrew
All Men Are Equal, But Some Are More (novel), Am Oved, 1974 [Shavim Ve-Shavim Yoter]
Storm Among the Palms (youth), Am Oved, 1975 [Sufah Ben Ha-Dekalim]
Refuge (novel), Am Oved, 1977 [Hasut]
A Handful of Fog (novel), Am Oved, 1979 [Hofen Shel Arafel]
Tin Shacks and Dreams (youth), Am Oved, 1979 [Pahonim Ve-Halomot]
These Are the Tribes of Israel (non-fiction), Am Oved, 1984 [Ele Shivtei Israel]
A Trumpet in the Wadi (novel), Am Oved, 1987 [Hatzotzrah Ba-Wadi]
Love Among the Palms (youth), Domino, 1990 [Ahavah Bein Ha-Dekalim]
Victoria (novel), Am Oved, 1993; Am Oved, Yedioth Ahronoth, 2010 [Victoria]
Brown Devils (youth), Yedioth Ahronoth, 1993 [Shedim Humim]
Unbounded Ideas (non-fiction), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2000 [Gvulot Ha-Ruach]
The Third Wing (novella), Keter, 2000 [Ha-Kanaf Ha-Shlishit]
The Israel Experience (non-fiction), Maariv, 2001 [Ha-Chavaia Ha-Israelit]
Water Kissing Water (novel), Am Oved, 2001 [Mayim Noshkim Le-Mayim]
Pigeons at Trafalgar Square (novel), Am Oved, 2005 [Yonim Be-Trafalgar]
Aida (novel), Zmora Bitan, 2008 [Aida]
Letters Go to the Sea (children-picture bk), Dvir, 2009 [Otiyot Holchot La-Yam]
The Flight of the Swans (novel), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2011 [Me'of Ha-Barburim]
Little Cricked Singing in the Rain (children-picture bk), Dvir, 2012 [Tzirtzaron Shar Gam Ba-Choref]
Drop and Droplet (children picture-bk), Dvir, 2014 [Tipa Ve-Tiponet]
Diamond from the Wilderness (novel), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2015 [Yahalom Min Ha-Yeshimon] 

Demons in the Basement, Haifa Theater, 1983 [Shedim Ba-Martef]
Twins, Haifa Theater, 1988 [Te'omim]
He, Tzavta Theater, 1999 [Hu]

Books in Translation
Dutch: Amsterdam, Arena, 1994; prback: Rainbow, Amsterdam, 1996
English: London, Macmillan, 1995
German: Berlin, Berlin Verlag, 1995; Berlin, Berlin Taschenbuch, 2007
Greek: Athens, Psichogios, 1995
Arabic: Cairo, Al-Dar Al-Arabiah wal-Nashr, 1995; Cologne, Al-Kamel Verlag, 2005 

French: Paris, Denoel, 1996
Italian: Florfence, Giuntina, 2007
Chinese: Haikou, Nanhai Publishing Co., 2010
Russian: Moscow, Text, 2011  

English: Philadelphia, Jewish Publishers Society, 1988
Italian: Florence, Giuntuna, 2008

A Handful of Fog
German: Frankfurt, Alibaba, 1993; pback: Munich, Goldmann, 1997

Trumpet in the Wadi
English: New York, Simon & Schuster, 2003
German: Berlin, Berlin Verlag, 1996; pback: Munich, Goldmann, 1998 
Dutch: Amsterdam, Vassallucci, 1996
Italian: Florence, Giuntina, 2006
French: Paris, Calmann-Levy, 2006

Persian: Los Angeles, CA, The Graduate Society Foundation, 2007

Chinese: Haikou, Nanhai Publishing Co., 2009  

Storm Over the Palms
German: Modling, St. Gabriel, 1995; pback: Weinheim, Beltz & Gelberg, 1998

Love Among the Palms
Russian: Jerusalem, Aliya, 1989
German: Vienna, Gabriel, 2000; Munich, Bertelsmann, 2003
Romanian: Bucharest, Allfa, 2006

Tin Shacks and Dreams
Russian: Jerusalem, Aliya, 1994

Pigeons at Trafalgar Square
Turkish: Istanbul, GOA, 2008

Croatian: Zagreb, Fraktura, 2014

Drop and Droplet
Arabic: Bnei Brak, Israeli Center for Libraries, 2014

Sami Michael

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.
MHL - New webzine starting soon!