Six Israeli important authors are coming to Bucharest in June to meet the Romanian book lovers at Bookfest 2016.
Zeruya Shalev, Fania Oz-Salzberger, Meir Shalev, Dror Mishani, Rony Oren and Gil Hovav, all bringing different styles, topics and stories, were announced in a press conference on Tuesday held to inform that Israel is the guest of honor of Bookfest this year.
„We have wanted for a long time that Israel would accept the guest of honor status of the Bookfest International Book Salon. We did’t dare to propose it. We had to offer a pedigree to the fair before making the proposal (…) The cultural relations with Israel are special. Israel is part of the European culture from our point of view,” said Grigore Arsene, president of the Editors Association in Romania.
In her turn, H.E. Mrs. Tamar Samash, Israel’s ambassador to Romania said that the embassy is happy that a part of the books’ universe is also a part of Israel, while cherishing the opportunity to keep acquainting the Romanian audience with the Israeli literature and the occasion to introduce the readers or, in some cases, to rejoin them with internationally known figures of the Israeli author world.
The ambassador said that the Israeli language is a mixture of the old Hebrew language which hasn’t be spoken for 2,500 years. “This ancient tongue is now rich and vibrant, reaching from 8,000 words to 120,000 ones nowadays.”
According to ambassador Samash, the Israeli authors experimented new narrative forms and styles within their works, from the sociological approach to detective novels and children books.
“It will be definitely spectacular. We aim at breaking from the ordinary and at letting our minds guided by the motto “Never Stop Dreaming”, concluded the Israeli envoy in Bucharest.
According to the host of the conference, Oana Boca Stănescu, the Israeli book market is dynamic and creative, Israel being the country hosting the best storytellers and where the best stories of the world have migrated.
Shelly Hugler Livne, the deputy chief of diplomatic mission within the Embassy, presented the six invited authors.
Gil Hovav, one of the most known culinary journalists in Israel and in the world, praised as “a sort of Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver and J.K Rowling altotogether.”
Hovav comes from one of the most respected Jewish families: his grand grand-father is Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, who revitalized the modern Hebrew language, his grandfather is Itamar Ben-Avi, the father of the modern journalism in Israel.
He conquered the foreign audience performing cuisine workshops which mix the Israeli gastronomy with his personal experiences and family stories.
Fania Oz-Salzberger, historian, the eldest daughter of famous Amos Oz. She is mostly known to the Romanian audience due to the “Jews and the Words” book, signed together with his father.
Zeruya Shalev, considered one of the most important Israeli contemporary writers. Her novels Love Life, Husband and Wife, Thera, and The Remains of Love have received critical acclaim both in Israel and abroad. They have been translated into 21 languages and were bestsellers in several countries.
Meir Shalev, Zeruya Shalev’s cousin, is another important guest coming to Bookfest. Novelist and journalist, Shalev’s books have been translated into 26 languages. His most famous book is “The Russian novel”, ranking among the five best-sold Israeli novels of all times. Shalev also writes non-fiction and children’s books.
Dror Mishani is a famous author of detective novels, but also editor and translator. He is the ‘father’ of inspector Avraham Avraham, the hero of a three-novel series. The first novel “The Missing File” was finalist of the prestigious CWA International Dagger Award in 2013.
Rony Oren, one of the most beloved and awarded animators in the world, is also claymator and academic. He is the author of over 500 animated short films in clay and over 30 children books which he illustrates or both writes and illustrates. His films were broadcast in over 80 countries, on PBS, ABC, Disney Channel, BBC or Channel 4. The Clayground philosophy is based on Oren’s trademarked method of working with clay.
Bookfest 2016 is due at Romexpo during June 1st- 5th.