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NIFC’s Shira Herzog Symposium: 

Activism Without Limits featuring David Grossman

David Grossman born in Jerusalem on January 25, 1954, is an Israeli author of fiction, nonfiction, and youth and children's literature. His books have been translated into numerous languages. The Yellow Wind, his nonfiction study of the Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip met with acclaim abroad but sparked controversy at home. Grossman studied Philosophy and Theater at Hebrew University. He worked as a correspondent and radio actor for Kol Yisrael, Israel's national broadcasting service. He was one of the presenters of Cat in a Sack, a children's program broadcast from 1970 to 1984. His book Duel was first aired as a radio drama on Kol Yisrael. Together with Dani Eldar, he hosted the slapstick radio program, Stutz (Yiddish: "that can happen"). In 1984, Grossman won the Prime Minister's Prize for Creative Work. Grossman, an outspoken peace activist, supported Israel during the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict. On August 10, 2006, however, he and fellow authors Amos Oz and A.B. Yehoshua held a press conference at which they urged the government to agree to a ceasefire that would create the basis for a negotiated solution. Two days later, his 20-year-old son Uri, a staff sergeant in an armoured unit, was killed by an anti-tank missile during an IDF operation in southern Lebanon shortly before the ceasefire. [1] On February 2, 2007, Grossman was awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Grossman lives in Mevasseret Zion on the outskirts of Jerusalem. He is married and the father of three children, Yonatan, 24, Ruth, 14, and the late Uri. Lost his eldest son in the 2nd Lebanon War 07.2006   Taken by Kobi Kalmanovitz for: The EMET PRITZE Catalogue 2007 in Mikenot Shaananim / Jerusalem, on Wednesday 25.07.2007

Sunday, September 11 2016, 1-4:00 PM

Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street, Toronto


“There are some writers in whose words one recognizes the texture of life. David Grossman is such a writer.” — Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi

Internationally recognized as one of the most important literary and civic voices in Israel today, David Grossman will be the exclusive guest of New Israel Fund of Canada for the Sixth Annual Shira Herzog Symposium. Together, we’ll explore the passion and commitment of major change-makers in Israel and why Grossman takes the risk to fight for change in Israel.

Joining Grossman will be New Israel Fund CEO Daniel Sokatch and feminist, peace and human rights activist Nabila Espanioly.

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Born in Jerusalem in 1954, David Grossman is a leading Israeli writer of his generation and his work has been translated into more than thirty languages. He is the author of eight internationally acclaimed novels and two powerful journalistic accounts, as well as a number of children’s books and a play. His latest book, Falling Out of Time, was released in March 2014 to wide critical and reader acclaim. The genre-defying drama tells the story of bereaved parents setting out to reach their lost children. Concise and elemental, Falling Out of Time is a powerfully distilled experience of understanding and acceptance, and of art’s triumph over death.


General Admission tickets available beginning June 5, 2016.

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