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Yitzhak Livni

Yitzhak Livni (1934-2017) was born in Łódź, Poland, and emigrated to pre-state Israel with his parents as an infant. He grew up in Tel Aviv and graduated in Hebrew literature and history from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

A writer, journalist and a media personality, Livni served as chief editor of the soldiers' weekly magazine, Bamahane, and from 1968 to 1974 was head of the IDF's radio station. From 1974 to 1979 he was CEO of the Israel Broadcasting Authority, later chairman of the steering committee for the experimental Israeli commercial Channel 2, and from 2004 to 2007 - chairman of Channel 2 News Company, Israel’s foremost news organization. He edited and presented numerous television and radio programs, and since the late 1970s was host of a popular weekly radio program, "Between Friday and Saturday - A conversation for Two".

Livni served in a number of public offices, including chairman of the judges' panel for the Sapir Prize for Literature, member of the judges’ panel for the Israel Prize, member of the board of trustees of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and chairman of the "Words and Images" Association that conducts and documents in-depth video interviews with great Jewish writers and thinkers of our time. He also served as chairman of the Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature.

Livni published his first stories in the early 1950s, and was a member of the Likrat literary circle. The Substance of Life: Fragments, his first book, published in 2015 to exceptionally enthusiastic critical reception, was pronounced “literary event of the year” by Haaretz Magazine. In 2016, Livni received the Ministry of Culture Prize for Debut Authors. 

Books in Translation

"An original, extraordinary book" The Brenner prize committee
Congratulations to Noga Albalach, winner of the 2018 Brenner prize for her book "The Old Man (Farewell)".
Residencies in Vienna and Salzburg
In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery offers 50 residencies in Vienna and Salzburg for the year 2019. Applications can be submitted for literature, literature for children and young adults and literary translations. Please note the deadline of September 30th, 2018.
Call for applications English speakers: Stay culture in Paris (deadline: June 12th, 2018)
Details in the attached link
Congratulations to Sami Berdugo and Shoham Smith, recipients of the 2018 Bialik Prize, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in Israel!

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!
The fourth German-Hebrew/Hebrew-German translation workshop November 4th to 10th, 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: November 4th 2018 until November 10th, 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".

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