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Shammai Golan

Shammai Golan was born in Poland in 1933. He spent World War II under Nazi occupation and in Siberia. After the death of his parents, he was placed in an orphanage and immigrated illegally to pre-state Israel in 1947. Golan studied literature and history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Later, he taught literature, ran the Hebrew Writer's House in Jerusalem, and served as cultural attache in Mexico and Moscow. He was also chairman of the Hebrew Writers Association. Golan writes for both adults and youth; he has published novels, short stories and essays. His work has been adapted for radio and produced on stage. Golan has been awarded the Barash Prize (1963), the ACUM Prize (1965), the Ramat Gan Prize (1972), the Agnon Prize (1976), the Wallenrod Prize (1979), the Tel Aviv Foundation Award (1982; 2004), the Cheno Prize (Mexico, 1986), the Prime Minister's Prize (1991) and the Zionist Federation Award (2007).

Shammai Golan

Books Published in Hebrew

The Last Watch (novel; youth) , Massada, 1966 [Be-Ashmoret Acharona]
Guilty (novel; youth) , Massada, 1969 [Ashamim]
The Death of Uri Peled (novel) , Am Oved, 1971 [Moto Shel Uri Peled]
Escape for Short Distances (stories), The Hebrew Writers Association, Massada, 1975 [Brichot Le-Merchakim Ktzarim]
The Ambush (stories), Tarmil, 1983 [Ha-Ma'arav]
Canopy (stories), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1983 [Chupa: Ve-Od Shlosha Sipurim]
The Cypress Trees in Fall (stories), World Zionist Organization, 1983 [Broshim Ba-Shalechet: Shlosha Sipurim]
My Travels with Books (non-fiction), Astrolog, 2005 [Mas'otay Im Sfarim]
And If You Must Love (novel) , Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2008 [Ve-Im Ata Muchrach Leʹehov]

Books in Translation

Russian: Moscow/Tel-Aviv, Kniga, 2006
German: Frankfurt, Alibaba, 1997; pback: Munich, Omnibus, 1999
Russian: Moscow, Olymp, 1998
Polish: Cracow, Ambrozja, 1998

Russian: Moscow, Olymp, 1996

Selected Stories
Spanish: Mexico D.F., Costa-Amic, 1985
Russian: Moscow, Olymp, 1999

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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