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Ofer Shelach

Ofer Shelach, a writer and journalist, was born in Haifa in 1960. He served in a paratrooper unit during the 1982 Lebanon War, where he lost an eye. He later published a book about his experiences, Second Person. Shelach studied economics and English literature at Tel Aviv University and spent two years in New York studying creative writing. For 25 years, he worked as an editor for the popular daily Maariv, wrote for the mass circulation daily Yedioth Ahronoth, and hosted popular news and sports programs for Israel TV. As a journalist, he wrote a great deal about security issues. Since Israel's elections in 2013, Shelach has been a Member of Knesset; he is Parliamentary Group Chairman of "Yesh Atid". He has been awarded the Book Publishers Association's Platinum Prize for Captives in Lebanon (2015) and the Yitzhak Sadeh Prize for military literature (2016).
Ofer Shelach

Books Published in Hebrew

Second Person (novel) , Zmora-Bitan, 1989 [Guf Sheni]
Film Lexicon [2 vols.] (non-fiction), Hakkibutz Hameuchad, 1990 [Lexicon Kolnoʹa]
Journey Between Stars (non-fiction), Kinneret, 1992 [Masa Bein Kochavim]
The Israeli Army: A Radical Proposal (non-fiction), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2003 [Ha-Magash Ve-Hakesef: Madua Drusha Mahapecha Be-Tzahal]
Boomerang: Leadership Failure in the 2nd Intifada [with Raviv Druker] (non-fiction), Keter, 2005 [Boomerang: Kishlon Ha-Manhigut Ba-Intifada Ha-Shniya]
Captives in Lebanon [with Yoav Limor] (non-fiction), Yedioth Ahronoth, 2007 [Shvuim Bi-Levanon: Ha-Emet Al Milchemet Levanon Ha-Shniya]
A Readerʹs Guide to Ulysses [with Hezi Shelah] (non-fiction), Machbarot Lesifrut, 2012 [Ha-Madrich Le-Ulysses]
Dare to Win (non-fiction), Yedioth Ahronoth, 2015 [Ha-Ometz Lenatze'ach: Mediniyut Bitachon Le-Israel]

Books in Translation

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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