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The Jerusalem Writers Festival: The Digital Edition 2020

Hi there!

This year, for the first time and in response to the new restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic, the 8th International Writers' Festival of Mishkenot Sha'ananim, Jerusalem, has been transferred to an online format.

The festival’s first digital edition will include four consecutive days of thought-provoking conversations between writers and artists from Israel and abroad, unique workshops, engaging dialogues and original literary events – all FREE OF CHARGE and accessible to every fan of culture and literature around the world via the festival’s website, Youtube channel and Facebook page. Many of the events will be held in English.

WHEN: May 10-13, 2020

The Jerusalem Writers Festival: The Digital Edition 2020
Credit: Festival Logo

The following international authors will take part alongside a long list of Israeli authors: Nicole Krauss (USA), Leonie Swann (Germany), Matthew Weiner (USA), Gaël Faye (France/Rwanda), Tom Perrotta (USA), Michael Pollan (USA), and Marco Balzano (Italy).

The date, time (Israel) and content of the English-speaking events can be accessed in the links, by author:

  • Tom Perrotta (USA - The Leftovers ), May 10, 18:00 – 18:30.

  • Matthew Weiner (USAMad Men and Sopranos), May 13, 17:00 – 17:30.

  • Nicole Krauss (USA -  Man Walks Into a Room , The History of Love , Great House and Forest Dark), May 10, 17:00 – 17:30.

  • Michael Pollan (USA - Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, The Omnivore's Dilemma , Food Rules: An Eater's Manual), May 13, 20:30 – 21:00.

  • Matti Friedman (Canada/Israel - The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible, Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier's Story of a Forgotten War, Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel), May 10, 20:30 – 21:00.

  • Ayelet Tsabari (Israel/CanadaThe Best Place on Earth, The Art of Leaving), May 10, 20:30 – 21:00.

  • Prof. Evan Fallenberg (USA/IsraelLight Fell; When We Danced on Water, The Parting Gift), May 10, 20:30 – 21:00.

  • Marco Balzano (Italy - I’m Staying Here), May 12, 17:00 – 17:30.

  • Leonie Swann (Germany - Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story and Gray), May 12, 20:30 - 21:00.

  • Gaël Faye (France/Rwanda - Small Country), May 11, 17:00 – 17:30.

The authors will meet online, sharing the screens with Israeli writers, artists, researchers and media personalities, including, among others: Etgar Keret, Ron Leshem, Eshkol Nevo, Dror Mishani, Noa Yedlin, Zeruya Shalev, Boaz Lavi, Rana Werbin, Itai Anghel, Gili Izikovich, Prof. Dan Ariely, Ayelett Shani, Yuval Avivi and Ronit Vered. Special emphasis will be placed on the technological changes that are transforming the face of society, language, identity, and being a refugee in a world that has closed its borders, the future of literature in light of its complex relationships with television and cinema, and their impact on literature. The director of the Jerusalem Writers Festival is Moti Schwartz, Director of Mishkenot Sha’ananim, with Liran Golod serving as artistic director. The festival is supported, among others, by the Dangoor Education Foundation with the assistance of the Jerusalem Foundation, the Beracha Foundation, the Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Jerusalem Municipality and the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. Moti Schwartz, Director of Mishkenot Sha’ananim and festival director has stated: “I am especially excited and proud to launch the 8th International Writers Festival at Mishkenot Sha'ananim, Jerusalem, which this year is being held in a unique and even ground-breaking format. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first international literature and cultural event to shift its content online, without postponing or altering the festival in any way.”

Schwartz continued: “I look forward to welcoming online not only the many lovers of culture who attend the festival every year in Jerusalem, but also many more people around the world who will be able to enjoy this year's digital version. We will meet not in Jerusalem but in a special broadcast on our website, YouTube channel, and Facebook page. I am certain that the extraordinary atmosphere that permeates Mishkenot Sha’ananim in Jerusalem will accompany us this year as well.”

REGISTRATION View the full program including additional events in Hebrew directly or go to the festival's home page.

Best, Talma

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