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Miami Book Fair Noir panel

Panel on Tel Aviv Noir, Teheran Noir and Singapore Noir with fellow editors Salar Abdoh and Cheryl Tan.

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Video of The Hilltop event in The Strand Book Store, New York

Here is a video of my conversation with author John Wray about The Hilltop in The Strand Book Store.  

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Interview in the Harold Examiner, CT

“It is not a class in history or politics, but a book. Still, I do hope it opens minds to the complexity of situations and individuals, and that people learn something from it.” Interview about The Hilltop in the Harold … Get to know more »

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Audio recording of the Tel Aviv / Teheran Noir NYPL event

Here’s an audio recording of the Tel Aviv Noir and Teheran Noir launch event in the New York Public Library, with Salar Abdoh, Gina Nahai, Etgar Keret and Assaf Gavron. Listen to full recording >>>

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Interview in the Jewish Book Council website

“… a tremendous ability to portray different types of people in the book. The char­acters change throughout the book and the book chronicles their changes. There are two different baalei teshuvah, returnees to religious Judaism, Josh and Gabi. They are not stereotypes, … Get to know more »

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The Hilltop in PlacingLiterature.com

Cool website that places scenes from books on the map. There are several from The Hilltop. PlacingLiteraure.com >>>

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Introduction to a reading of The Hilltop in University of Denver

“His work is poignant, and I mean this in the original sense of the term; that is, piercing and cutting. Gavron’s novels are books that teach, but escape didacticism because they do not have an agenda. They are poignant because … Get to know more »

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Review of The Hilltop by Adam Kirsch in Tablet

“Gavron turns out to be a natural fit for an American readership….The Hilltop, just published in a vigorous and colloquial English translation by Steven Cohen, is a ‘great Israeli novel’ in much the same way that Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom was … Get to know more »

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Review of The Hilltop in the Los Angeles Times

“A sprawling novel that revolves around a small settlement in the occupied territories, its focus is less satirical than absurdist, offering a middle vision between the ridiculous and the sublime….the pleasure of THE HILLTOP is that it doesn’t offer easy … Get to know more »

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Interview in Book Inc., Connecticut book website

“literature has a way of returning us to the human that is paradoxically both individual and universal, raising questions that defy simple answers.” Interview published in Book Inc., ahead of my event in Madison, CT Read full interview >>>

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The Hilltop in Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week

“Memorable novel…” The Hilltop is one of 11 books (only three of them novels) on Publishers Weekly’s PW Picks: Books of the Week. Read page >>>

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Review of The Hilltop on The Wall Street Journal

“Brilliantly attuned to the madhouse complexities of the current settlement crisis… The superbly orchestrated chaos makes this an indispensable novel…” Review of The Hilltop by Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal Read full review (WSJ subscription needed) >>>

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Review of The Hilltop in Library Journal

“Funny and entertaining….Gavron expertly works with a large cast of characters to create a resonant portrayal of life at the center of one of the world’s main trouble spots.”—Library Journal

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Starred review for The Hilltop in Kirkus Reviews

Another starred review… “… crisp insight and dry humor… Slowly and incrementally, like those settlers on that craggy West Bank hilltop, Gavron’s story gains a foothold in our hearts and minds and stubbornly refuses to leave.” Read full review >>>

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Starred Review of The Hilltop in Booklist

(STARRED REVIEW) The Hilltop. Gavron, Assaf (Author) Israeli settler Othniel just wants to grow some arugula, some tomatoes, and keep a goat. He wanders out of his settlement onto a hilltop overlooking the Judean desert and a Palestinian village and … Get to know more »

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Piece on Tel Aviv Noir in JTA

“The 14 stories in “Tel Aviv Noir,” all original and commissioned for this volume, are divided into three categories: Encounter, Estrangements and Corpses. Keret and Gavron agreed that a major goal of the anthology was to bring a younger generation … Get to know more »

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Review of Tel Aviv Noir in Kirkus Reviews

“Even in the Holy Land, people find ingenious ways to screw up their own lives, as the latest entry in Akashic’s Noir series proves.” Read full review >>>

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Starred review of Tel Aviv Noir in Booklist

(Starred review) Tel Aviv Noir. Keret, Etgar (Editor) and Gavron, Assaf (Editor) For those unfamiliar with the city, Tel Aviv conjures upcontrasting images of sunny beaches and political turmoil, but, like other urban landscapes, it has a noir underbelly where … Get to know more »

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Review of The Hilltop in Publishers Weekly

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Review of Tel Aviv Noir in Publishers Weekly

Review of Tel Aviv Noir forthcoming in the August 25 issue of Publishers Weekly: Israeli founding father David Ben-Gurion famously stated, “We will know we have become a normal country when Jewish thieves and Jewish prostitutes conduct their business in Hebrew.” That … Get to know more »

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Starred review for Tel Aviv Noir in Library Journal

Forthcoming in the September issue of Library Journal: Since the start, Akashic’s short story series has been a classy enterprise, specializing in crime noir set in specific locations. The 66th volume may be the very best in a generally solid series. … Get to know more »

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Photo exhibition in New York

This photo of me is part of an authors portraits exhibition starting in New York next week, The Last Line, with photos by German photographer Heike Steinweg. Each author represented also contributed a short text relating to the concept of … Get to know more »

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Review in Jewniverse of Eating Standing Up

“The Israeli writer Assaf Gavron straddles the deathly funny and deathly serious. In his novel Almost Dead, a man survives multiple suicide-bomb attacks and inadvertently becomes a national hero. His clever and subversive work, Eating Standing Up, focuses on an even more volatile target: falafel stands.” … Get to know more »

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Academic paper on The Hilltop in Sh’ma Journal

“In some Tolstoynian manner, the situation itself is the protagonist of the novel; human agents serve as window dressing. Oddly, the novel describes these settlers in a way similar to Tolstoy’s descriptions of the nobility: as agents of history, with … Get to know more »

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Rights for The Hilltop sold to Scribner in the US

North American rights for The Hilltop were sold to Paul Whitlatch at Scribner Books, the excellent publisher of Don Delillo, Stephen King and many others, a division of Simon & Schuster.

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Opinion piece in The Forward on Tel Aviv rocket attacks

I was asked by American Jewish daily The Forward – did the rocket attacks on Tel Aviv burst the bubble? Here’s the answer >>>

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Talk of the Nation on NPR

I appeared on NPR’s Talk of the Nation. The show was broadcasted live in front of an audience in Aspen, Colorado. With me on the segment titled “Writers offer alternate lens on modern Middle East” were Iranian-American writers Reza Aslan … Get to know more »

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Piece on Haifa Writers Tournament in The Forward

A short piece on the Haifa Writers leagues tournament featuring Germany, Italy and Israel. Published in the Jewish Daily Forward. Read article >>>

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Review of Almost Dead in the Boston Bibliophile blog

“I enjoyed Almost Dead as both a thriller and a satire… Almost Dead is a great book for an adventurous reader and I hope to see more from Gavron soon.” Review of Almost Dead in the Boston Bibliophile blog. Read full review >>>  

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Almost Dead on World Lit Up – blog review

“Gavron has written a highly entertaining novel about a problem so complex that a political and territorial resolution has eluded the world’s leaders for over half a century.  Fahmi’s general good-naturedness and Croc’s dark humor won me over quickly.  Both wonder who or what is guiding their … Get to know more »

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Almost Dead on the long list of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize 2011

Long list on the prize website >>> Update: the book is not a finalist…

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Aspen Literary Festival: My Middle East

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Aspen Literary Festival: panel with Rabih Alameddine and Daniyal Mueenudin

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Aspen Literary Festival: conversation with Colum McCann

Great conversation with Colum McCann on Monday in Aspen. Article in The Aspen Times >>>  

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Aspen Literary Festival

I will take part in the Aspen Literary festival, 19-23 June: Announcement Article  

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Reading in Miami

Reading with Taglit in South Beach, Florida: >>>    

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LA Times Festival of books

Very interesting discussion on “Fiction of the Middle East” in the LA Times Festival of Books with Laila Lalimi, Reza Aslan and moderator Gina Nahai. Festival preview >>>

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Event at Chapman University, California

The reading event will take place on March 21, 2011. Part of a series of reading – all the others focusing on Italian literature… Details >>> Mark on the Wall blog >>>

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Review of Almost Dead in Case Western University website

“Gavron has crafted a compulsively readable, bleakly funny thriller that covers a lot of ground—lampooning secular Israelis’ superficial distractions and cult of celebrity, blasting the country’s Manichean political discourse, and taking swipes at religious self-righteousness and closed-mindedness, both Muslim and … Get to know more »

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Almost Dead in David Ulin’s 6 favorite books – The Week

“A black comedy about suicide bombing, in which a 30-something Israeli survives three attacks in one week and becomes a national symbol of resilience. The moral heart of the novel, through, resides in a second protagonist, a conflicted Palestinian terrorist … Get to know more »

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Almost Dead on Book Group Buzz list

“A little gem that’s been flying under the radar. I’m expecting this novel to be one of those “I would never have picked this up!” books.” Read >>>

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Review of Almost Dead in Daily Herald – Utah

“It would be hard to imagine any political, historical or cultural account of the troubles of the Middle East that would lay bare the desolation of its endless, mindless hatred as well as this short novel does.” Review by Laura … Get to know more »

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Almost Dead among David Ulin’s favorite books of the year – Los Angeles Times

“A black comedy about suicide bombing, written with a deft and telling eye. Narrated, in turn, by an Israeli and a Palestinian, this novel resonates with a moral vision so unrelenting that we can’t help but confront (and more importantly, recognize) … Get to know more »

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On Almost Dead in Provo City Library

“I doubt any political, historical, or cultural treatises could ever lay bare the disaster of endless, mindless hatred like this short novel does.” On Almost Dead in the Provo City Library Staff Reviews blog. Read full review >>>

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Almost Dead in the year’s top 100 books – Kansas City Star

“It might seem counterintuitive to expect that a book about terrorism could be suspenseful, deadpan comic and compelling with likable characters on each side of the warring Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but this book did it.” Almost Dead is on “The year’s … Get to know more »

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Schusterman Visiting Artists Scholarship – California 2011

Announcement on the Schusterman Visiting Artists participants for fall 2010 / spring 2011, through which I will teach at Chapman University, Orange Country, California, next spring. Read full article >>>

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On Hydromania in BLDGBLOG blog

“Israeli novelist Assaf Gavron’s recent book Hydromania has yet to appear in English, as far as I can tell, but I’d love to read it when it does.” Geoff Manaugh from influential architecture blog BLDGBLOG on Hydromania. Read full article … Get to know more »

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Review of Almost Dead in Jewish Book Council

“With biting wit and impeccable narrative control, this satisfying, funny, and poignant novel excels in its portrayal of contemporary, day-to-day life in Israel.” Review by Phil Sandick in the Jewish Book Council website. Read full review >>>

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Review of Almost Dead in the Entertainment Realm blog

“A witty, sarcastic gem of a novel about day to day life in Israel with mass chaos going ona witty, sarcastic gem of a novel about day to day life in Israel with mass chaos going on… Almost Dead will … Get to know more »

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Reaview of Almost Dead in Washington Jewish Week

Washington Jewish Week August 12, 2010 Thursday A slice of Israeli life by Rabbi Rachel Esserman The political and social situation in Israel is far more complex than usually portrayed in the American Jewish media. To understand the workings of … Get to know more »

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