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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. Three of her books 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, the EMET prize (2016) and the Brenner Prize for And the Bride Closed the Door (2017). 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
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!
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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.
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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, birkenhauer@013.net and Gadi Goldberg, gadi.goldberg@gmail.com
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Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is one of the 100 notable books of 2017 of the "New York Times".

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Congratulations to Zeruya Shalev and Shifra Horn for receiving the 2017 Adei Wizo Prize.

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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.
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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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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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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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