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What We Are

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My short story What We Are was posted this month in The Bookends Review. Photo credit: Jake Stark, Unsplash Thank you Jordan Blum for selecting my story for publication.   what we are By Gila Green Posted on August 12, 2019 The summer I turned nineteen I was broke. I had three more years of university to pay for and who knew when the Cana...
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Five-Star No Entry Reviews from Margo Dill and Amy P. Knight

Five-Star No Entry Reviews from Margo Dill and Amy P. Knight No Entry
  Gila Green is a masterful storyteller, and No Entry can definitely be added to her growing list of masterpieces. With just the right balance of setting description, endearing characters, and daily life in South Africa, No Entry picks readers up out of their comfortable homes and drops them in the middle of Kruger National Park. But the beaut...
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Interview with Julie Gray

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I'm so excited to have Julie Gray on gilagreenwrites today. For a change, I've actually met Julie the old-fashioned way-- in person. It was delightful to meet up in Tel Aviv and Julie gave me a boost of energy that day which I hope to repeat. She's a tremendous resources for writers here in Israel (and abroad) and now she's working on a few ne...
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What's new next week?

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​This August I have two new short stories coming out. The first in T he Bookends Review with Jordan Blum titled "What we Are" and the second in Sephardic Horizons titled "Author Talk." An extended review of White Zion is coming out in that same Sephardic Horizons issue--thank you Susan Weintrob. Will post links as soon as they become available.&nbs...
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My interview with Natasha Murray

My interview with Natasha Murray Interview with Natasha Murray
Thank you so much, Natasha Murray for hosting me on your blog. It was a thoroughly enjoyable interview. Welcome Gila to my blog, please let everyone know about your writing journey. 1. What made you want to write a book? It's a wonderful idea to think there's even the possibility that I might write something another person will connect to. We all n...
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Dear-Gila A note from a class participant
Dear Gila, I want to thank you for your guidance and personal attention. It has been a great learning experience for me. I have a much better understanding of flash fiction and about writing in general. And in this class I got to learn by doing, which is the best way for me to understand something. Having you review the lessons was invaluable. Whil...
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Author Talk September 16, Ottawa, Canada

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So excited the flier is up! Looking forward to seeing you in Ottawa, September 16 at 13:00. Amazing to be speaking in my hometown. Thank you so much to Jack Schecter of the Greenberg Families Library at the JCC for the invitation and for all of his support and encouragement from the beginning, and to Brittany Halfpenny for the talented design. ...
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Fall Ottawa tour

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  MY OTTAWA SCHEDULE: SEPTEMBER 16 - JCC LIBRARY SEPTEMBER 17 - ALGONQUIN COLLEGE SEPTEMBER 18 - BYWARD MARKET SEPTEMBER 18 - NAAMAT WOMEN SEPTEMBER 19-CARLETON UNIVERSITY SEPTEMBER 20- PODCAST WITH BOSTON'S NOVELCLASS Thank you to everyone who has so warmly invited me to share my latest novels with you.  I hope to see you there!

Guest Post: Saying Goodbye to Your Characters: How Novel Writers Move On

Guest Post: Saying Goodbye to Your Characters: How Novel Writers Move On
"Saying goodbye is the hardest part of life. We say goodbye to loved ones, to lost dreams and causes, to the crumbling expectations of life. The same is true with past books." by Rene Denfeld by Tara Lynn Masih I'm honored to have Tara Lynn Masih on gilagreenwrites. Not only does she have much wisdom to share, she has a new novel out, My Real Name ...
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In conversation with Gila Green, author of White Zion

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My interview with Dan Moorhouse on his SchoolHistory site. Thanks so much, Dan. It was a pleasure to speak with you.  DM : White Zion incorporates a lot of history. As Yael Unterman describes it, "In a journey of generations from Aden to Palestine to Ottawa, one Yemenite family encounters new and difficult realities: racism and war, rejec...
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Got in the top 500

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Passport Control is #459 in Jewish Literature. So thrilled! Thank you to all of you who have supported me, sent reviews and good wishes. Small press can "get out there". And of course, thank you to S&H Publishing.  Huge thanks!

Praise for No Entry

Gareth Patterson
  I really enjoyed reading No Entry . Congratulations Gila, and wishing you much success with the book.  "An inspiring tale about how one young person can make an important difference for Africa's wildlife."  Gareth Patterson, author of The Secret Elephants , South Africa.  Thanks so much, Gareth. I'm so pleased to read this.

Thrilled to be cohosting NovelClass

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I'll be cohosting a NovelClass podcast this September when their season re-opens. So looking forward to talking to Dave Pezza about author Bianca Marais's   If You Want to Make God Laugh. Thanks so much for the opportunity to join you!

Interview with Jennifer Lang

Jennifer Lang
Jennifer Lang is one of those writers who combines writing with another passion of mine: exercise. True, I  lean more to Pilates than Yoga (yogalates anyone?) but at any rate, we both have the mind/body connection up front and center and I'm so pleased to finally have her on the site. I am also, as always, keen to introduce more people to writ...
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Interview with Rachel Barenbaum

Rachel Barenbaum
I'm happy to share my interview with Rachel Barenbaum with all of you. I had the privilege of attending one of her author readings while she is spending the year in Israel and it was well worth it. It was a pleasure to speak to her in person and even more fun to have her on the site. I hope to catch her again before she returns to the U.S. Rachel, ...
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An email this morning on Passport Control

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  Finished reading "Passport Control" some while ago, but neglected to tell you how very impressive it is for (among other reasons) inter-twining so many threads: North American and Israeli, past and present, with loving and vengeful characters. It was a wonderful read. Looking forward to reading "White Zion."   Susan H. Sachs

Author Talk Success: Beit Shemesh Lit

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​What do you get when you invite two talented authors, combine an engaged audience and throw in some book muffins? A delightful evening.  I am so pleased our first Beit Shemesh Lit event was a success. Thanks to everyone who came: our out of town guest authors, Julie Zuckerman from Modiin and Miryam Sivan from Tel Aviv. Thanks to Jes...
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No Entry, because it's never been a more dangerous time to be an elephant

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 My young adult eco-fiction novel No Entry will be released by Stormbird Press in Australia this October 2019. It is the first in a young adult environmental series. No Entry tackles elephant poaching through the eyes of a teen heroine on an elephant conservation program in South Africa's Kruger National Park as part of my attempt to draw atte...
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July 7 Author Talk in Haaretz Newspaper

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Check out this week's Haaretz for details about my author talk Sunday with fellow authors Miryam Sivan and Julie Zuckerman.  So excited! Hope to see you there. 

New Passport Control Review

New Passport Control Review New Book Review
Just in from author Ondine Sherman:  "I just finished your book, Passport Control, which I thought was excellent. I loved the complexities of the politics you drew out, allowing the readers to grapple with the issues themselves, and the young character's voice was very engaging. I wish it was longer - I want to know what happens next!" Thanks ...
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Latest Books

White Zion

White Zion

White Zion is a novel in stories forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press (April 2019). The novel takes readers into the worlds of 19th century Yemen, pre-State Israel, modern Israel and modern Canada...

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Passport Control

Passport Control

Miriam Gil knows little about Israel. Her father won’t talk about his life there or the brother he left behind when he came to Canada. Hurt and angry when he tells her to move out to make room for his new girlfriend, she enrolls in an Israeli university. She falls in love with Guy... 

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King of the Class

King of the Class

Eve and Manny are engaged in post-civil war Israel, but Manny has a secret: he’s falling in love with his religious roots and turning his back on moral relativism. As their wedding date approaches...

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No Entry

No Entry

In No Entry, Canadian teenager, Yael Amar, signs on to an elephant conservation program and ends up coming face to face with violence, greed, and murder and the taste of a very real danger for all of us: elephant extinction.

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