Culture Report: Two novelists

By JUDITH SUDILOVSKY
July 8, 2014 14:48

Judith Sudilovsky interviews Ayelet Waldman and Assaf Gavron, participants in the recent International Writers Festival held in Jerusalem.




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Judith Sudilovsky interviews Ayelet Waldman and Assaf Gavron, participants in the recent International Writers Festival held in Jerusalem. (photo credit: REENIE RASCHKE / COURTESY INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL)

While Israel is certainly not the world’s largest literary market, the fourth International Writers Festival held in Jerusalem May 18-23 was an important cultural event for the country, says novelist Assaf Gavron.

An international writers festival “is especially crucial in Israel where budgets for culture are so limited and always redirected for security and military and other causes,” Gavron asserts to The Jerusalem Report, as he prepares to move his family to Omaha, Nebraska, where he will teach Hebrew literature and creative writing at the University of Nebraska for a year or two.

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