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Haim Nagid

Haim Nagid was born in 1940 in Bucharest, Romania, and came to Israel in 1948. He studied literature, philosophy and education at Tel Aviv University and graduated with a PhD from the Department of Theatre Arts. A poet, a playwright and a literary critic, Nagid has published also a novel. He served as editor of the literary supplement of the daily Maariv and later as chairman of the Union of Writers in Israel (2003-2008). At present, he is the chief editor of the union's publishing house, Safra, which he founded in 2006, as well as editor of its literary periodical Gag and co-editor of Teatron, a quarterly for contemporary theater. He also lectures on visual literacy at the Master Degree School of Kibbutzim College.

Nagid received the Mati Kats Prize for Poetry (1971), the Prime Minister's Prize (1988), the Dov Sadan Prize for Jewish Studies (1996), the Ramat Gan Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2011) and the Minister of Culture Prize for Editing (2014).

Books Published in Hebrew
Thirty Poems (poetry), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1971 [Shloshim Shirim]
Local Poetry (poetry), Am Oved, 1986 [Shira Mekomit]
The Story of the Turtle Mr. Gideon Sassony (children), The Author, 1986 [Sipuro Shel Ha-Tzav Mar Gideon Sasony]  
Metatron (novel), Zmora-Bitan, 1989 [Metatron]
Picnic in Husmasa (play), Or-Am, 1990 [Piknik Be-Chusmasa] 
A Tour in the Restricted Zone (poetry), Tag, 1994 [Siyur Ba-Ezor Ha-Asur]
The Language of Stage [3 vols.] (non-fiction) Sal Tarbut - Omanut La'Am, 1996 [Sfat Ha-Bama: Musagei Yesod, Ma'archot Ha-Simanim Ha-Teiatroniyim]
Laughter and Trembling: On Hanoch Levin's Plays (non-fiction), Or-Am, 1998 [Tzchok U-Tzmarmoret: Al Machazot Hanoch Levin]   
Against the Illusion: Hebrew Documentary Drama (non-fiction), 2009 [Bi-Gnut Ha-Ashlaya: Ha-Janer Ha-Teudi Ba-Drama Ha-Ivrit]
Right to Paradise Lane: Selected Poems 1971-2011, Safra, 2012 [Yamina Le-Simtat Gan-Eden: Mivchar Shirim 1971-2011]
The Melancholic Joker: The Seriousness of the Israeli Comedy: The Serio-Comedies of Hanoch Levin, Nissim Aloni and Michael Gurevich (non-fiction), Tel Aviv University, Department of Theatre Arts, 2013 [Ha-Leitzan Ben Dmut Ha-Yagon: Al Retzinuta Shel Ha-Komedya Ha-Israelit: Heibetim Komiyim Bi-Sfat Ha-Teiatron Shel Nissim Aloni, Hanoch Levin U-Miki Gurevich]


The Story of the Turtle Mr. Gideon Sassony [Theater for Children and Youth, 1987]

Picnic in Husmasa [Cameri, 1990]

Zvi the Turtle [Haifa Children's Theater Festival, 1994] 

​Books in Translation
Selected Poems
Spanish: Madrid, Verbum, 2015

Books Published in Hebrew

Books in Translation

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.
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.
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!