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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

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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