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The Story Bench

Naomi Gonen
AGE: 9-14

The Story Bench tells the story of Miraleh, a young girl growing up in Israel in the 1950s. Her mother, a Holocaust survivor, is rather distant and is unable to show any warmth or sensitivity towards her only child. But this changes when Miraleh discovers a secret in her aunt`s house and opens an old suitcase that had been locked away for many years. At this point, the wall of apathy behind which her mother hides slowly crumbles. For the first time, she reveals the painful secrets of her past, and introduces Miraleh to a side her daughter never knew existed.
Alongside this family story, Miraleh describes daily life in the little Israeli village during the first years of the state, and tells us of her love for Tommy, whose family never acclimate to life in Israel and later take him with them to Canada.
A beautifully pitched and sensitive story of an adolescent whose world is disrupted by the many secrets and fears lurking beneath the surface.

Gonen The Story Bench
Title The Story Bench
Author’s Last Name Gonen
Author's First Name Naomi
Genre youth
Publisher (Hebrew) Dani Sfarim
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2006
No. Pages 78 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Safsal Ha-Sipurim
Representation Represented by ITHL


"An original, extraordinary book" The Brenner prize committee
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Residencies in Vienna and Salzburg
In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery offers 50 residencies in Vienna and Salzburg for the year 2019. Applications can be submitted for literature, literature for children and young adults and literary translations. Please note the deadline of September 30th, 2018.
Call for applications English speakers: Stay culture in Paris (deadline: June 12th, 2018)
Details in the attached link
Congratulations to Sami Berdugo and Shoham Smith, recipients of the 2018 Bialik Prize, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in Israel!

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!
The fourth German-Hebrew/Hebrew-German translation workshop November 4th to 10th, 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: November 4th 2018 until November 10th, 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,
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