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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 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.
MHL - New webzine starting soon!