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Anton Shammas

Anton Shammas was born in the Arab village of Fassuta in Upper Galilee in 1950. He lived in Jerusalem for 20 and studied English literature and art history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. For several years, he was co-editor of an Arabic monthly literary magazine; he has also written weekly newspaper columns in the Hebrew press. Shammas left Jerusalem in 1987 and now lives in Michigan, USA, where he is a professor of modern eastern literature at the University of Michigan. 

His publications include a novel and two collections of poems in Hebrew, collections of poetry in Arabic, and a book for children. Shammas has received a number of literary awards, including the Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Writers' Award (1992). His novel, Arabesques, has been translated into nine languages.   

Anton Shammas

Books Published in Hebrew

Hardcover (poetry), Sifriat Poalim, 1974 [Kricha Kasha]
No Manʹs Land (poetry), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1979 [Shetach Hefker]
The Biggest Liar in the World (children-picture bk) , Keter, 1982; 2011 [Ha-Shakran Ha-Gadol Ba-Olam]
Arabesques (novel), Am Oved, 1986 [Arabeskot]

Books in Translation

English:New York, Harper & Row, 1988; London, Viking, 1988; London, Penguin, 1989; Berkeley, Univ. Of California Press, 2001 
French: Arles, Actes Sud, 1988; 2009
Spanish: Madrid, Mondadori, 1988
Dutch: Amsterdam, Bert Bakker, 1989
German: Munich, Piper, 1989
Italian: Milan, Mondadori, 1990; Milan Rizzoli, 1994
Portuguese: Lisbon, Don Quixote, 1991

Turhish: Istanbul, Belge Yayinlari, 2004

Greek: Athens, Kastaniotis, forthcoming

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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