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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

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!
Congratulations to Ronit Matalon, the recipient of the 2017 Brenner prize for her book 'And the Bride Closed the Door". And, congratulations to Amir ziv, the recipent of the first ever Brenner prize for debut novels.
Ronit Matalon's book tells the story of Margie, a young bride, who shuts herself up in her mother's bedroom and declares that she won’t get married. Her family gathers at the locked door, not knowing what to do. Amir Ziv tells a story that begins as an apparently routine correspondence between a prying citizen, secretly in love with his neighbor, and a conscientious municipal clerk, and developes into an uncovering of a great underlying drama.
The fourth German-Hebrew/Hebrew-German translation workshop April 29 to May 5, 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: Sunday, April 29, 2018 until Saturday, May 5, 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,
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.
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:
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!