When I first presented Evan Fallenberg’s Light Fell at book clubs I was amazed at the wonderful reactions I received. People sharing their stories and appreciating the art of the work. And then I realized that Evan was the translator of one of my favourites – A Pigeon and a Boy. So I started corresponding with him, and grew to enjoy our connection – me in Toronto, and Evan in Jerusalem. Now, I have the joy of bringing him to Holy Blossom and meeting him in person. Come, join us in our discussions on March 26, 28 and 29. I look forward to seeing you then! Cynthia Good
We welcome award winning Israeli writer Evan Fallenberg as part of our Holy Blossom Centre for Contemporary Jewish Literature. He will be Writer-in-Residence March 26, 28 & 29, and will speak to us as a translator of literature from the Hebrew, as a novelist and as a creative writing instructor.
Book Talk with Evan Fallenberg
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Join us for an evening with Evan Fallenberg where Evan will read from his two novels, will talk about the art of writing, the themes of his books [including LGBT characters and plot lines], critical response and more.
Conversation will follow, including Q&A with the audience. If you have a chance to read Light Fell and/or When We Danced on Water it will enrich your experience, but it’s not necessary.
Members free. Everyone is welcome, non-members a $10 fee [payable at the door]
Evan’s books will be available for sale.
The Art of Translation with Evan Fallenberg
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Evan will discuss translation from the Hebrew and what it is like to work with such revered writers as Meir Shalev, Batya Gur and Alon Hilu. He will also discuss translating different forms of literature (drama, film, novel, memoir) and why he doesn’t translate from English to Hebrew.
All are invited.
Rousing the Troops: From Character Development to Scene
Sunday, March 29, 2015
at Koffler Centre of the Arts, 180 Shaw Street
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Evan Fallenberg, will offer feedback and the opportunity to discuss your work with peers.
Put two people in a room (or a tent, or a swimming pool) and you’ve got a story. But where do these characters come from and how do we make them real enough to pass muster while at the same time avoiding stereotypes? This master class will be devoted to the creation of plausible, interesting characters who bring with them stories so riveting that all we need to do is sit down and write what they’re telling us. We will also devote time to scene work – how to activate those characters once we’ve created them. Class time will be a mix of discussion and writing exercises.”
Fee for the 3-hour workshop: $20; $15 special senior/student rate. Members and non-members welcome. Please click here to register and pay online. Registration limited.
In association with the Koffler Centre of the Arts
Evan Fallenberg is the author of the novels Light Fell and When We Danced on Water and translator of prominent Israeli authors such as Meir Shalev, Yair Lapid, Batya Gur and many others. His novels and translations have won or been shortlisted for a variety of prizes, including an American Library Association award for fiction and a PEN translation prize. He teaches creative writing and literary translation at Bar-Ilan University of Israel and City University of Hong Kong.