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Ronit Matalon

Ronit Matalon was born in Ganei Tikva, Israel, in 1959 to a family of Egyptian-Jewish descent. She studied literature and philosophy at Tel Aviv University. Matalon has worked as a journalist for Israel TV and for the daily Haaretz, covering Gaza and the West Bank during the First Intifada. She has also worked as a critic and book reviewer for Haaretz. At present, she is senior lecturer in Hebrew and comparative literature at Haifa University and teaches creative writing there as well as at the Sam Spiegel Film School in Jerusalem. Matalon is a member of the Forum for Mediterranean Culture at the Van Leer Institute. Two of her novels have been bestsellers in Israel, and her children's story, A Story that Begins with a Snake's Funeral, has been made into a movie.
Matalon has received the Prime Minister's Prize (1994), the prestigious Bernstein Prize (2009), the Neuman Prize (2010), the Prix Alberto-Benveniste (France, 2013) for The Sound of Our Steps and the EMET prize (2016). In 2010, she received an Honorary Doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 


Ronit Matalon

Books Published in Hebrew

A Story that Begins with a Snake’s Funeral (youth) , Dvir, 1989 [Sipur She-Matchil Bi-Levaya Shel Nachash]
Strangers at Home (stories), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1992 [Zarim Ba-Bayit]
The One Facing Us (novel) , Am Oved, 1995; Am Oved/ Yedioth Ahronoth, 2010 [Ze Im Ha-Panim Eleinu]
Sarah, Sarah [Bliss] (novel) , Am Oved, 2000 [Sara, Sara]
Read & Write (essays) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 2001 [Kro U-Chtov]
Uncover Her Face (novella), Am Oved, 2006 [Galu Et Paneiha]
The Sound of Our Steps (novel) , Am Oved, 2008 [Kol Tzeʹadeinu]
Under Influence [with Ariel Hirschfeld] (novel), Keter, 2012 [Hashpaʹa Bilti Hogenet: Roman Be-Michtavim]
The Sleepwalking Girls (play), Resling, 2015 [Ha-Ne'arot Ha-Holchot Bi-Shnatan]
And the Bride Closed the Door (novella) , Keter, 2016 [Ve-Ha-Kala Sagra Et Ha-Delet]

Books in Translation

German: Munich, Carl Hanser, 1999
Dutch: Amsterdam, Ambo, 1997
English: New York, Metropolitan /Henry Holt, 1998; pback: 1999; Ontario, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1998
German: Reinbek, Rowohlt, 1998 
French: Arles, Actes Sud, 2015
German: Munich, Luchterhand, 2002
English: New York, Metropolitan, 2003
Italian: Rome, Atmosphere Libri, 2011
French: Paris, Stock, 2012
English: New York, Metropolitan, 2015
Turkish: Istanbul, Yapi Kredi, forthcoming
Italian: Florence, Giuntina, forthcoming
French: Arles, Actes Sud, forthcoming
German: Munich, Luchterhand, forthcoming
Spanish: Barcelona, Minuscula, forthcoming

NEWS
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:
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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: http://www.netanyaaaci.org.il/WebPages/BoxOfficePages/lectures2.htm And for more details about the title click here: http://www.ithl.org.il/page_15644
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Semel on "Isra-Isle" for JBC
With the release of "Isra-Isle" earlier this month from Mandel Vilar Press, Nava Semel is guest blogging for the Jewish Book Council. Click here to read on how the idea behind the book came to being.
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