Post­ed by Nao­mi Firestone-Teeter

I received the first Insti­tute for the Trans­la­tion of Hebrew Lit­er­a­ture (ITHL) newslet­ter this week from Liran Golod over at the Israeli Con­sulate in New York. Packed with awards, events, news, poet­ry, and children’s books, this is def­i­nite­ly one to sign up for! The first issue included:

  • Ronit Mat­alon receives the pres­ti­gious Bern­stein Prize 2009 and is short­list­ed for the Sapir Prize for The Sound of our Steps
  • Amos Kenan, jour­nal­ist, play­wright, sculp­tor, painter, song­writer, poet and thinker, died on 4 August.
  • Yoram Kaniuk’s nov­el, The Last Jew, is now in French
  • Final­ly in Eng­lish: S. Yizhar, The Sto­ry of Khir­bet Khizeh, Ibis Editions
  • For­eign Rights snapped up for Yishai Sarid’s remark­able lit­er­ary thriller Limassol
  • Etgar Keret’s movie The Mean­ing of Life is now avail­able for puchase.
  • Meet trans­la­tor Asaf Schurr
  • The Com­plete Poems by Israel’s lead­ing liv­ing poet – just pub­lished by Hak­ib­butz Hameuchad (3 vols).

Read the com­plete newslet­ter here.

Orig­i­nal­ly from Lan­cast­er, Penn­syl­va­nia, Nao­mi is the CEO of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil. She grad­u­at­ed from Emory Uni­ver­si­ty with degrees in Eng­lish and Art His­to­ry and, in addi­tion, stud­ied at Uni­ver­si­ty Col­lege Lon­don. Pri­or to her role as exec­u­tive direc­tor, Nao­mi served as the found­ing edi­tor of the JBC web­site and blog and man­ag­ing edi­tor of Jew­ish Book World. In addi­tion, she has over­seen JBC’s dig­i­tal ini­tia­tives, and also devel­oped the JBC’s Vis­it­ing Scribe series and Unpack­ing the Book: Jew­ish Writ­ers in Conversation.