Toronto Reference Library
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Mon. Apr. 4 – 7pm
LIVING BETWEEN LANGUAGES
In conversation with Reuven Namdar, author of The Ruined House, winner of Israel’s Sapir Prize
Award-winning author Ayelet Tsabari interviews American-Israeli novelist Reuven Namdar, winner of the prestigious Sapir Prize 2014, about language, place, and cultural translation. Namdar’s novel, The Ruined House (HaBayit Asher Neherav) takes place in the US, was called “The Great Hebrew-American Novel,” and pays homage to Jewish American writers such as Saul Bellow and Philip Roth.
A fascinating exchange between two Israeli ex-pats writers, one writing in an adopted English about her native land, the other writing in his native tongue about his adopted home.
Reuven Namdar (1964) an NYC based Hebrew author and translator, was born and raised in Jerusalem to a family of Iranian-Jewish heritage. His first book Haviv (a collection of short stories) won Israel’s Ministry of Culture’s award for the best first publication of the year 2000. His new novel HaBayit Asher Neherav (The Ruined House) won the Sapir Prize, Israel’s most prestigious literary award for the year 2014.
Ayelet Tsabari was born and raised in Israel to a large family of Yemeni descent. Her first book, The Best Place on Earth, won the 2015 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and has been published internationally. Ayelet’s work won a National Magazine Award and a Western Magazine Award. She was named as one of ten Canadian writers to watch by CBC and in 2014 was awarded a Chalmers.