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Yonatan Berg

Yonatan Berg was born in 1981 in Jerusalem to a religious family and grew up in Psagot, a settlement in the West Bank. He gave up his religious lifestyle and now lives in Tel Aviv. Berg holds a BA in creative writing and an MA in bibliotherapy. A poet as well as a novelist, Berg writes a weekly opinion column for the popular Walla website and has written literary reviews for the Israeli press. He has published three books of poetry and was the youngest poet to receive the Yehuda Amichai poetry Prize for his debut book Hard Sails (2013). His short story, "Elegy", won the prestigious Haaretz short story competition. Five More Minutes, Berg's first novel, won Am Oved's 'All the Beginnings' competition (2012) and the Ministry of Culture Prize (2015). He is currently working on his second novel.


Books Published in Hebrew

Hard Sails (poetry), Keshev, 2012 [Mifrasim Kashim]
Hours Beside the World (poetry), Keshev, 2014 [Sha'ot Le-Yad Ha-Olam]
Five More Minutes (novel) , Am Oved, 2015 [Od Chamesh Dakot]
History (poetry), Keshev, 2016 [Historya]
Psagot: a Departure (memoir), Afik, 2017 [Psagot: Sipur Aziva]

Books in Translation

French: Paris, Antilope, forthcoming
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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