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Shemi Zarhin

Shemi Zarhin was born in Tiberias in 1961. He graduated in film and TV studies at Tel Aviv University. Zarhin has directed a number of feature films and written many screenplays for both film and TV. He also teaches at the Sam Spiegel Film Academy in Jerusalem. His first film, Passover Fever (1995) won the Best Script award at the Montreal Film Festival, and also received the Ministry of Education film award (1996). Dangerous Acts (1998) won Israel Film Academy awards in seven categories, including Best Director. Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi (2003) was awarded 21 international prizes and honorable mentions (including in the U.S., Russia, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Sweden) and was on general release in a number of countries. Aviva My Love (2006) won the Best Script award at the Chicago and Shanghai Film Festivals, the Public’s Favorite award at the Israeli Film Festival in the U.S. (2007), the Volgin Prize for Best Screenplay (Israel, 2006), the Israel Film Academy awards in six categories, and was the most successful film in Israel in 2006. Zarhin also received the Landau Prize for film directing in 2008. For his novel, Some Day, he received the Publishers Association's Gold and Platinum Prizes (2011; 2012), the Steimatzky Prize for best-selling book of the year (2012) and the Kugel Prize (2013).

Shemi Zarhin

Books Published in Hebrew

Some Day (novel) , Keter, 2011, 2015 [Ad She-Yom Echad]
Telling Passover Fever (script & non-fiction), Keter, 2016 [Ha-Hagada Shel Leilasede: Roman Im Tasrit]
My Brother Job (novel), Keter, 2017 [Ach Sheli Iyov]

Books in Translation

English: New York, New Vessel Press, 2013
Turkish: Istanbul, Marti, 2014

Italian: Florence, Spider&Fish, forthcoming

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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