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2018 Natan Book Award Winner Matti Friedman

Monday, November 13, 2017| Permalink

Matti Friedman’s 2016 book Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story was chosen as a New York Times' Notable Book and as one of Amazon's 10 best books of the year. His first book, The Aleppo Codex, won the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize, the ALA Sophie Brody Medal, and other awards, and was translated into seven languages. Matti’s work as a reporter has taken him from Israel to Lebanon, Morocco, Moscow, the Caucasus, and Washington, DC, and his writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and elsewhere. He is a former Associated Press correspondent and a regular contributor to Tablet Magazine. He was born in Toronto and lives in Jerusalem with his family.

Matti's manuscript, Spies of No Country, winner of the 2018 Natan Book Award at the Jewish Book Council, is an account of the exploits of a small group of men who became Israel's first spies. The members of the "Arab Section" were Jews from Arab countries with blurry identities that enabled them to cross ethnic lines during wartime. Their story offers a very different take on Israel's creation and on what the country is today. It will be published in Fall 2018 by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.

See the full list of Natan Book Award awardees here.

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