Naomi Ragen to appeal plagiarism ruling

By Mark Robins, July 6, 2012

The American-born novelist, Naomi Ragen, has appealed against a ruling finding her guilty of plagiarising the work of another strictly Orthodox author.

Mrs Ragen, who holds dual American and Israeli nationality and who has lived in Israel since 1971, was found guilty by a Jerusalem court last December of copying sections of a book by Sarah Shapiro.


Son of Kafka, brother of Appelfeld

By Clive Sinclair, July 6, 2012

It’s Springtime for Norman Manea. Not only are Yale publishing his new novel, The Lair, but they are also reissuing two earlier works of fiction, and a collection of essays. In addition, he has recently been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a privilege granted to very few foreign writers.


Alice Walker bans 'The Color Purple' from Israel

By Jessica Elgot, June 20, 2012

The novelist Alice Walker has refused permission to an Israeli publishing firm to reprint her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple, citing a cultural boycott of the country’s “apartheid policies”.


Israeli author wins British fiction prize

By Jennifer Lipman, May 15, 2012

A novel about the friendship between a Jewish child and prostitute at a brothel during the Holocaust has been honoured with a £10,000 for fiction.

Israeli author Aharon Appelfeld was named the winner of this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Award. His book, Blooms of Darkness, triumphed over five others including Umberto Eco's The Prague Cemetery.


Maurice Sendak, Where The Wild Things Are author, dies

By Jennifer Lipman, May 8, 2012

The children's author Maurice Sendak has died at the age of 83.

Mr Sendak, best known for his children's book "Where The Wild Things Are," was also a costume-maker for ballet and opera.


British Council: no support for boycott aims of Palestinian festival

By Jennifer Lipman, May 3, 2012

The British Council has distanced itself from the pro-boycott aims of a Palestinian literature festival due to take place in Gaza from this Saturday.


Israeli's Holocaust novel shortlisted for foreign fiction award

By Jennifer Lipman, April 24, 2012

An Israeli author is in the running to win a fiction prize worth £10,000.

Aharon Appelfeld’s novel, Blooms of Darkness, is one of six titles shortlisted for the 2012 Independent Foreign Fiction Award.

The book, translated by Jeffrey M Green, tells the story of the relationship between a Jewish boy and a prostitute at a brothel where he hides from the Nazis.


Israel boycott activist to take part in Olympic poetry festival

By Jennifer Lipman, April 18, 2012

Israeli and Palestinian poets will be on the bill at an international poetry festival later this year as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

Anat Zecharya, a Tel Aviv-born writer and photographer, will be one of the up to 204 poets from Olympic nations taking part in the week-long celebration of verse at the Southbank Centre.


Gunter Grass banned from Israel after attack poem

By Jennifer Lipman, April 9, 2012

The German poet and Nobel Laureate Gunter Grass has been banned from visiting Israel.

It comes after Mr Grass, who as a teenager was a member of the Waffen SS, published a poem attacking Israel and accusing it of damaging global stability with its stance on Iran.


Netanyahu attacks Gunter Grass for 'shameful moral equivalence'

By Jennifer Lipman, April 5, 2012

The Israeli Prime Minister has suggested that it is "not surprising" to hear German Nobel laureate accuse Israel of being the greatest threat to world piece.