Cel­e­brate Jew­ish Book Month with #30days30authors! In hon­or of the 90th anniver­sary of Fan­ny Gold­stein’s trib­ute to Jew­ish books in the West End’s branch of the Boston Pub­lic Library, Jew­ish Book Coun­cil invit­ed 30 lead­ing authors, one for each day of the month, to answer a few questions. 

Born in Ramat Gan in 1967, Etgar Keret is the most pop­u­lar writer among Israel’s young gen­er­a­tion and has also received inter­na­tion­al acclaim. His writ­ing has been pub­lished in The­New York Times, Le Monde, The New York­er, The Guardian, The Paris Review and Zoetrope. Over 60 short movies have been based on his sto­ries. Keret resides in Tel Aviv and lec­tures at Ben-Guri­on Uni­ver­si­ty of the Negev. He has received the Book Pub­lish­ers Asso­ci­a­tion’s Plat­inum Prize sev­er­al times, the Prime Min­is­ter’s Prize (1996), the Min­istry of Cul­ture’s Cin­e­ma Prize, the Jew­ish Quar­ter­ly Wingate Prize (UK, 2008) the St Peters­burg Pub­lic Library’s For­eign Favorite Award (2010) and the New­man Prize (2012). In 2007, Keret and Shi­ra Gef­fen won the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val’s Cam­era d’Or” Award for their movie Jel­ly­fish, and Best Direc­tor Award of the French Artists and Writ­ers’ Guild. In 2010, Keret was hon­ored in France with the dec­o­ra­tion of Cheva­lier de l’Or­dre des Arts et des Let­tres. His books have been pub­lished abroad in 36 lan­guages in 39 coun­tries. His lat­est book, The Sev­en GoodYears, was recent­ly pub­lished in the U.S and Europe.

Want more Etgar Keret? Click here to enter our give­away and win a free copy of his sem­i­nal col­lec­tion of short sto­ries, The Bus Dri­ver Who Want­ed to Be God, which was just reis­sued ear­li­er this month.

Born in Tel Aviv in 1967, Etgar Keret is a lead­ing voice in Israeli lit­er­a­ture and cin­e­ma. His five best­selling sto­ry col­lec­tions have been trans­lat­ed into 46 lan­guages. His writ­ing has been pub­lished in The New York Times, Le Monde, The Guardian, The New York­er, The Paris Review, and Esquire. He has also writ­ten a num­ber of screen­plays, and Jel­ly­fish, his first film as a direc­tor along­side his wife Shi­ra Gef­fen, won the Caméra d’Or prize for the best first fea­ture at Cannes in 2007. Keret and Gef­fen’s mini-series The Mid­dle­man” (2019) won the best screen­play award at La Rochelle fic­tion TV fes­ti­val in France. In 2010 Keret was award­ed the Cheva­lier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Let­tres, and in 2016 he won the Bronf­man Prize. His lat­est col­lec­tion, Fly Already won the most pres­ti­gious lit­er­ary award in Israel- the Sapir prize (2018).