This afternoon (Friday), David Grossman will read new works of poetry and selections from his prolific catalogue of literary works. The event also includes performances by Yoni Rechtor, Rona Kenan, and Shlomi Shaban who will set Grossman's words to music.
This is not the first time that the peacenik Jerusalemite, most noted for his novels (See Under: Love, Someone to Run With) has penned lyrics performed by popular musicians. Grossman is the author of 2004's wildly popular, political yet non-partisan "The Sticker Song," performed by the similarly left-leaning hip-hop group Hadag Nahash. Having began his career in journalism, he spent two decades with Israel state radio and hosted some of the country's most popular radio series, such as the children's program Cat in a Sack and Stutz. Tragically his own son, an IDF tank commander, fell in battle in last summer's war in the north.
Grossman's radio career ended with his resignation, as a protest against restrictions placed on his coverage of the Palestinians. From there, the former Hebrew University philosophy and theater student went on to author myriad books in multiple genres, from nonfiction to children's literature. He is also a regular contributor to the American, European and domestic press.
Grossman and company are set to begin the afternoon at 4 at Tel Aviv's Levontin 7, 7 Levontin St., (03) 560-5084. Admission costs NIS 30.