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by michael February 07 2008
Municipal news

Little ol' Israel has produced an absolutely ridiculous number of internationally acclaimed novelists in its short history, and now the country is getting its due respect in the form of the first International Writers' Festival. Where's it taking place? That humid reputed bastion of culture Tel Aviv? No, real literary giants come to our beloved Jerusalem. Check out the killer lineup:

From May 1-11, Jerusalem's Mishkenot Sha'ananim will host its first International Writers Festival, and some very famous local and visiting authors will take part in the reading sessions, seminars, workshops, discussions, lectures, debates and more. There will also be tours, showings of works adapted for the screen and concerts.

Local participating writers include Aharon Appelfeld, David Grossman, Yehudit Katzir, Etgar Keret, Sami Michael, Amos Oz and A.B. Yehoshua. Among guests from abroad will be Russell Banks (US), Nadine Gordimer (South Africa), Lidia Jorge (Portugal), Andrei Makine (France), Ingo Schulze (Germany) and Niall Williams (Ireland).

If you're not plugged into the Israeli literary scene, just know that list comprises a huge proportion of Israel's most respected novelists, both of the last century and the current one. Don't miss it!

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