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Edna Mazya

Edna Mazya was born in Tel Aviv in 1949. A playwright and author, she studied theater and philosophy, and received her MA from Tel Aviv University where she later taught dramatic writing. Several of Mazya's plays have been performed abroad. She has also published two successful novels and three children's books. Mazya was awarded the Margalit Prize twice, for her plays Family Story and The Rebels (1997; 1999). For The Rebels, she also received the Lea Goldberg Prize (1997) and was nominated Playwright of the Year (1998). A film based on a script of hers received the Israel Academy's Best TV Film Award for the year 2003.

Edna Mazya

Books Published in Hebrew

An X-Ray Burst (Love Burns) (novel) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1997 [Hitpartzut X]
The Unsatisfied (novel) , Keshet, 2005; Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2010 [Roman Mishpachti]
Again, Granny, Again! (children-picture bk) , Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2010; board bk: 2016 [Savta, Od Pa'am!]
An Adventure at the Theater (children-picture bk), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2012 [Harpatka Ba-Teiatron]
Day Boy, Night Boy (children-picture bk), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2014 [Yeled Yom Yeled Layla]
Thing to Do with Granny (children-picture bk), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2017 [Ma Osim Im Savta]
Games in the Backyard, Or-Am, 1993 [Mishakim Ba-Hatzer Ha-Ahorit]
Family Story, Or-Am, 1997 [Sipur Mishpahti]
The Rebels, Or-Am, 1999 [Ha-Mordim]
Herod, Or-Am, 2000 [Hordus]
Was It a Dream? Or-Am, 2008 [Haya O Lo Haya]
The Aristocrats, Or-Am, 2010 [Ha-Aristocratim]
Stempenyu [adaptation of Sholem Aleichemʹs novel], Or-Am, 2012 [Stempenyu]
Vienna by the Sea (Haifa Theatre, 1991)
Games in the Backyard (Haifa Theatre, 1993)
The Double [adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevskyʹs novella] (Haifa Theatre, 1994)
The Uncle from Capetown (Haifa Theatre, 1995)
Family Story (Cameri, 1996)
The Rebles (Cameri, 1998)
Herod (Cameri, 2000)
Bad Boys (Camery, 2002)
Was It a Dream (Camery, 2007)
The Aristocrats (Cameri, 2010)
Stempenyu [adaptation of Sholem Aleichemʹs novel] (Camery, 2012)
The New Criminals (Cameri, 2014)
The Back Room (Cameri & Beit Lessin, 2016)

Books in Translation

German: Cologne, Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2001; pback: 2003
Italian: Rome, edizioni e/o, 2001
English: Sydney, Picador /Pan Macmillan, 2005; New York, Europa, 2006
French: Paris, Liana Levi, 2008
German: Cologne, Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2008; forthcoming

Games in the Backyard (play) 
English: Haifa, Haifa Municipal Theater, 1993 
French: Brussels, Theatre de Poche, 1995

An Adventure at the Theater

Arabic: Bnei Brak, The Israel Center for Books and Libraries, 2013

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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