With a string of international literary awards and bestselling novels to his credit, Assaf Gavron has earned his place as a foremost Israeli author under 50. In his most recent successes The Hilltop and Tel Aviv Noir, Gavron portrays an unvarnished, authentic Israeli society. “His clear and honest writing blasts right through the clichés and the politically correct surface to touch the chaotic, ambiguous core of the Israeli identity.” (Etgar Keret). Gavron will join us for three exclusive Canadian appearances
Toronto: Sunday, June 5 2016 @ 7PM,
Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
In Conversation with David Bezmozgis
Ottawa: Monday, June 6 2016 @ 7PM,
Carleton University Art Gallery, 1125 Colonel By Drive
In Conversation with Daniel Bezalel Richardsen
Montreal: Tuesday, June 7 2016 @ 7PM,
The Rialto Hall, 5723 Avenue du Parc
In Conversation with Joseph Rosen
Assaf Gavron is an acclaimed Israeli writer who has published five novels: Ice, Moving, Almost Dead, Hydromania and The Hilltop; a collection of short stories, Sex in the Cemetery; and a non-fiction collection of Jerusalem falafel-joint reviews, Eating Standing Up. His fiction has been adapted for the stage in Israel’s national theater, and optioned for movies. He is the recipient of several awards including the Bernstein Prize for The Hilltop, the Israeli Prime Minister’s Creative Award for Authors, and the Prix Courrier International in France for Almost Dead. Gavron’s latest novel, The Hilltop, was published by Scribner in the US in October 2014.
David Bezmozgis is a writer and filmmaker. His books have been shortlisted for the Giller Prize, the Trillium Prize and the Governor General’s Award. He has twice won the Canadian Jewish Book Award and his most recent novel, The Betrayers, won the 2015 Jewish Book Prize (Fiction) in the US. Natasha, his second feature film, will be theatrically released in Canada on May 6.
Daniel Bezalel Richardsen is founder and editor of Foment, the literary magazine of the Ottawa International Writers Festival—Canada’s largest independent literary celebration. He is a former federal political staffer, having served as press secretary and researcher. Indian-born, Daniel spent his formative years in Brunei Darussalam before immigrating to Canada as an International Student, completing a Science degree in Applied Health at his alma mater, the University of Waterloo. He is currently a civil servant and a graduate student in History with the Interdisciplinary Humanities program at Trinity Western University.
Joseph Rosen is a writer and professor based in Montreal’s bagel district. His writing has been published by The Walrus, Maisonneuve, n+1, The Montreal Gazette, Shtetl Montreal and others. Rosen has lectured on issues related to Israel & Palestine in Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, Montreal, and Toronto. His essay The Israel Taboo addresses why it is so difficult to talk about Israel in Canada and was nominated for best essay in the Canadian magazine awards 2014. Since then, Rosen has hosted a series of public discussions about Israeli-Palestine in different forums. He teaches at Dawson College.