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Elisha Porat

Elisha Porat (1938-2013) was born to a family that was among the founders of kibbutz Ein Hahoresh in Emek Hefer. A lifelong member of his kibbutz, Porat worked for many years as a farmer as well as a writer. His work in the kibbutz's fruit orchards, a great contrast to his military tours of duty, always influenced his art. Besides writing, he also served as editor for several literary journals. Elisha Porat's first book, a collection of short stories, was published in 1973. He received the Prime Minister's Prize in 1996.

Books Published in Hebrew 
Hushnia, the Minaret, Sifriat Poalim, 1975 [Hushnia Ha-Misgad]
Poem, Memory, Sifriat Poalim, 1986 [Shir, Zikaron]
Born in 1938, Sifriat Poalim, 1996 [Yelud Tarzah]
The Dinosaures of the Language, Yedidim, 1999 [Ha-Dinozaurim shel Ha-lashon]
My Reprieve is Still Valid, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2005 [Arka Tkeifa]
Minor Vows: Poems 1975-2013, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2017 [Nedarim Ktanim: Kol Ha-Shirim 1975-2013] 

Desolate Land (stories), Sifriat Poalim, 1973 [Eretz Yetoma]
A Diagonal View (stories), Sifriat Poalim, 1977 [Tzilum Alachsoni]
Oneg Shabbath (novella), Sifriat Poalim, 1981 [Oneg Shabbath]
Personal Providence (stories), Sifriat Poalim, 1985 [Hashgacha Pratit]
The Messiah of LaGuardia (stories), Zmora-Bitan, 1988 [Ha`mashiah mi`Lagardia]
Absolutions (stories), Zmora-Bitan, 1991 [Mechikat Avonot]
Triple Jump (stories), Sifriat Poalim, 1994 [Kefitza Meshuleshet]
The Blue Thicket Bird (novellas), Gevanim, 1996 [Tzipor Ha`svach Ha-Kechula]
Episode (biography), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2001 [Epizoda]
The Crazy Moon, Yavneh, 1975 [Ha-Yareach Hishtagea]
The Banana Thief, Sifriat Poalim, 1976 [Gonev Ha-Bananot]
The Treasure Well, Zmora-Bitan, 1978 [Beer Ha-Matmonim]
Ranger Tells, Sifriat Poalim, 1980 [Sipuro She Sayar]
The Three Tower Ship, Sifriat Poalim, 1984 [Sphina Ushlosha Tzrichim]

Books in Translation
The Messiah of LaGuardia
English: Ontario/Buffalo, Mosaic Press, 1997

English: Wind River Press, 2002

English: Ein Hahoresh, Y&H Publishers, 2006

Books Published in Hebrew

Books in Translation

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.
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.
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