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Mira Meir

Mira Meir (1932-2016) was born in Lodz, Poland, and came to Israel as a young child. She was a member of Kibbutz Nachshon since its establishment in 1950. Meir studied Hebrew language and literature at Tel Aviv University. She worked as editor of books for children and young readers at Sifriat Poalim Publishing House from 1969 to 2010. She also edited a children's series for Yedioth Ahronoth Publishing House and taught children's book editing at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Meir published four collections of poetry, 25 books for children and a biography. She was awarded the Ze'ev Prize (1974), an International Andersen Honor Citation (1979), the Ze'ev Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2005) and the Prime Minister's Prize (2011).

Mira Meir

Books Published in Hebrew

Thatʹs Not All, Sifriat Poalim, 1967 [Lo Hacol]
Underwater Land, Sifriat Poalim, 1970 [Ba-Aretz Ha-Hi Mitahat La-Mayim]
A Respite for Distances, Sifriat Poalim, 1979 [Orkah Le-Merhakim]
Captive Light, Sifriat Poalim, 1989 [Or Kaluh]
A Companionable Man, Sifriat Poalim, 1978 [Ish Reʹim]
What Do Fish Do When it Rains?, Massada, 1970 [Ma Osim Dagim Ba-Geshem?]
My Diary (The Diary of a Teenage Girl), Massada, 1972 [Ha-Yoman Sheli]
I Love to Draw, Sifriat Poalim, 1972 [Ani Ohev Letzayer]
Elena is Ilana (children) , Sifriat Poalim, 1977 [Alina Hi Ilana]
Once Upon a Time, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1975 [Maʹaseh She-Haya Kah Haya]
Orenʹs Turtle, Keter, 1977 [Ha-Tzav Shel Oren]
Puddley, Keter, 1977 [Shluli]
Ostrichʹs Awful Adventure, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1978 [Maʹaseh Nora Be-Bat Yaʹanah]
Whoʹs Guilty?, Sifriat Poalim, 1979; 2006 [Mi Ashem?]
Someone Finds a Flower, Keter, 1979 [Mishehu Motze Perah]
Someone Finds a Crown, Keter, 1979 [Mishehu Motze Keter]
The Boy Who Wouldn’t Sleep Alone (children-picture bk) , Sifriat Poalim, 1981 [Paʹam Haya Yeled She Lo Ratzah Lishon Levad]
The Journey of Benjamin of Tudela, Sifriat Poalim, 1984 [Masah Ha-Masaot Shel Beniamin Mi-Tudela]
Who Is What Is It, Keter, 1984 [Mi Hu Ze Ve-Eize Hu]
How Lovely, Sifriat Poalim, 1984 [Eyze Yofi]
Who Was What Was It?, Keter, 1986 [Mi Ze Haya, Ma Ze Yehiyeh]
Grandfather Amusement Park, Keter, 1990 [Saba Luna Park]
All Because of Chocolate Pudding, Massada, 1991 [Biglal Puding Shokolad]
A Party of Clouds, Kinneret, 1992 [Mesibah Shel Ananim]
Small Fry, Yedioth Ahronoth, 1994 [Ha-Dagig Michal]
Just Because He Wants To, Keter, 1995 [Ba Lo Ke-She Ba Lo]
Mira Meirʹs Giant Book, Am Oved, 1996 [Ha-Sefer Ha-Gadol Shel Mira Meir]
The Wonderful Journey of Hanatush, Yedioth Ahronoth, 1997 [Ha-Masah Ha-Muflah Shel Hanatush]
Dinaʹs Birthday, Sifriat Poalim, 2002 [Yom Huledet Le-Dina]
A Birthday Present, Korʹim, 2005 [Matana Le-Yom Huledet]
Omer and the Playfull Balloon (children-picture bk), Sifriat Poalim, 2007 [Omer Ve-Ha-Balon Ha-Shovav]

Books in Translation

Swedish: Stockholm, Hillelforlaget, 1981
English: Philadelphia, Jewish Publication Society, 1982
Arabic: Tel Aviv, Sifriat Poalim, 1997
German: Hamburg, Carlsen, 1998
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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