Writer and translator Assaf Gavron will deliver the 2016 Betty Jean Craige Lecture on Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. in the Chapel. Gavron's lecture, “The Hilltop: An Israeli Author’s Perspective," is free and open to the public:
[Gavron] grew up in Jerusalem, studied in London and Vancouver, and lives in Tel Aviv. He has published five novels, a collection of stories, and a collection of Jerusalem falafel reviews. Among the numerous international awards he has won are the Prix Courrier International in France, Buch fur die Stadt in Germany, the DAAD artists-in-Berlin residency, and the Bernstein Prize in Israel. His fiction has been translated into ten languages, adapted to the stage, and four of his books are optioned for films.
Gavron’s first publication in the United States, Almost Dead (HarperCollins, 2010) was chosen by the Los Angeles Times as one of the ten best books of the year. His second, The Hilltop, was published by Scribner in October 2014.
Gavron is also one of the noted translators in Israel. Among the authors he has translated from English are J.D. Salinger, Philip Roth, Jonathan Safran-Foer and J.K. Rowling.
Gavron is currently teaching literature and creative writing at the University of Nebraska in Omaha.
Gavron's visit is part of the Global Georgia Initiative from the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, and the lecture presented as the department of comparative literature annual lecture honoring Dr. Craige, Professor Emerita and former director of the Willson Center. Come out to enjoy this lecture and celebrate one of the UGA's best.