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Gabriel Bensimhon

Gabriel Bensimhon was born in Sefrou, Morocco, in 1938, and came to Israel with his family at age 10. An author and filmmaker, he studied literature and Biblical studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and later at the Sorbonne, where he received a PhD in theater and film studies. Bensimhon taught at Tel Aviv University until 2006, in the departments of film/TV and theater arts. He has also been a visiting professor at UCLA, USC, NYU and Cornell University. He is now Professor Emeritus. Bensimhon has published plays, screenplays, poetry, short stories, novels and a book on the Fellini’s cinema. His play, A Moroccan King, produced by Israel’s Habima National Theater, won the Lieber Award for Classic Jewish Drama (1978). He has been awarded the Book Publishers Association's Gold Prize for A Girl in a Blue Shirt (2014) 

Gabriel Bensimhon

Books Published in Hebrew

Lakes of Silence and Sand (poetry), Machbarot Lesifrut, 1965 [Amot Sheket Ve-Chol]
A Moroccan King (play), Adi, 1980 [Melech Maroka'i: Drama Kabalit Be-Shalosh Ma'arachot]
The Road to Jerusalem: The Odyssey of the Illegal Ship "Yehuda Halevi"; Bouzmima (plays), Marion, 1988 [Ha-Derech Li-Yerushalayim: Ha-Masa Shel Oniyat Ha-Ma'apilim "Yehuda Halevi"; Bouzmima: Komedya Kabalit Be-Shalosh Ma'arachot]
We Were Like Them That Dream (screenplay), Marion, 1994 [Hayinu Ke-Cholmim]
1948 (play), Marion, 1994 [Elef Tsha Me'ot Arba'im U-Shmone]
Walking upon the Water (novel in stories), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, Yedioth Ahronoth, 1997 [Ha-Mehalchim Al Ha-Mayim]
Maroccan Love Stories About Women and Other Fantasies (stories), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2002 [Holechet Im Kamon Chozeret Im Za'atar: Sipurei Ahava Maroka'im]
A Woman with Three Breasts: Women in the Cinema of Federico Fellini (non-fiction), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2004 [Isha Im Shlosha Shadayim: Ha-Nashim Ba-Kolno'a Shel Fellini]
Wedding at the Wailing Wall (play), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2007 [Chatuna Ba-Kotel]
The Garden of Moroccan Delights: Moroccan-Jewish Love Stories (stories & cooking), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2009 [Fantazya Maroka'it: Tavshilim Ve-Sipurim]
Absalom; Jerusalem My Sweetheart (plays), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2011 [Avshalom; Zion Chemdati]
A Girl in a Blue Shirt (novel) , Yedioth Ahronoth, 2013 [Na'ara Be-Chultza Kchula]
The Last of the Moroccans (novel), Yedioth Ahronoth, 2016 [Ha-Maroka'i Ha-Acharon]
A Morroccan King [Habima, 1980]
Bouzmima [Lilah, 1984]
1948 [Tel Aviv University, 1998]

Books in Translation

A Moroccan King
English: Kindle book: Amazon Digital Services, 2012
French: Jerusalem, Département de la Jeunesse et du Hehaloutz, 1979; Kindle book: Amazon Digital Services, 2013

The Garden of Moroccan Delights: Moroccon-Jewish Love Stories
English: Kindle book: Amazon Digital Services, 2012
French: Kindle book: Amazon Digital Services, 2013

Walking upon the Water
English: Kindle book: Amazon Digital Services, 2012

A Woman with Three Breasts: Women in the Cinema of Federico Fellini
English: Kindle book: Amazon Digital Services, 2013
Italian: Kindle book: Amazon Digital Services, 2013
Congratulations to Barabara Harshav for the 2018 PEN Medal for Translation!
The prize is given to a translator whose career has demonstrated a commitment to excellence through the body of their work. Barbara Harshav has been translating works from French, German, Hebrew and Yiddish for over twenty years and has currently published over forty books of translation. Among the many Hebrew authors she has translated: Yoram Kaniuk, Agnon, Yehudit Hendel, Yehuda Amichai and many more.
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!
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.
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, and Gadi Goldberg,
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is one of the 100 notable books of 2017 of the "New York Times".

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.
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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