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April Jewish Carnival is Up and Happy Mimouna

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Today I want to wish a Happy Mimouna to those who celebrate! Though it was not the same as in past years, we still managed to celebrate a lockdown mimouna complete with homemade couscous, muflettot and Moroccan outfits straight from Morocco. And thanks to Deborah Kalb for hosting the April Jewish Carnival: At this difficult...
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You Read it Here First

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Thanks so much to Christina Hamlett for hosting me on her site. I virtually met Christina back in 2014 when I was looking for a new novel to write and decided to take her online course as a source of inspiration. The result was my novel A Prayer Apart (as yet unpublished, but working on it). I'm so happy to reconnect with her this week and to spend...
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Coming up: Hidden Timber Author Readings

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Hidden Timber Books: Meaningful Books and Stories"In light of so many cancelled book tours as of late, Hidden Timber Books is hosting other small press authors via Zoom for readings. These events are FREE, all you need to do is register for the link to join" and I'm so thrilled to be part of this series. I'll be talking about my YA eco-novel&n...
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Listen: The Drum

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So excited to be featured on The Drum. bit.ly/safeso2https://www.drumlitmag.com/https://www.drumlitmag.com/sounds/f/Issue_77-dot-_Spring_2020/#entry1101

Watch: Start your week the right way

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An inspiring video from the Jewish Journal https://www.facebook.com/JewishJournal/videos/507071163529656/ 

Vote for my book cover please

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Please vote for my book cover!It's one click and you are done.The "Alternative" book cover award poll is now live, and Passport Control is featured.  Here's the link to the poll (April's) which is now LIVE! : https://alternative-read.com/2020/03/31/april-2020-alternative-book-cover-award-nominees-have-you-voted-yet-vote-for-your-favo...
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Guest Post: Miriam Drori talks about her role as a rebel

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I'm a Backstory Rebelby Miriam DroriIn one scene of my latest novel, Cultivating a Fuji, the main character, Martin, has to get himself an emergency passport. Martin, despite being intelligent, has no social skills and doesn't know how to stand up for himself. The scene shows the interaction between him and the woman who has to serve him at the pas...
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Guest Post: Writing about Myself at Age Three by Rachel Biale

Guest Post: Writing about Myself at Age Three by Rachel Biale Rachel Biale
A decade ago, I won a partial scholarship to a writing program in Montreal at Concordia University. There I took writing courses with Mary Gaitskill and Jonah Winter and I met some wonderful writers. One of them was Rachel Biale and we've kept in touch on and off ever since. I'm delighted to host her on gilagreenwrites today and I want to...
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Listen: No Entry on The Book of Life Podcast

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LISTEN:   In response to the pandemic, The Book of Life is hosting a special series, Books in the Time of Coronavirus. Authors or illustrators of new Jewish books, whose promotional events have been cancelled due to quarantine, are invited to promote their books on the podcast.The first episode in this special series features Gila Green, ...
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Cover girl: Shalom Toronto Lifestyle

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Thanks so much to Shalom Toronto Lifestyle Magazine for featuring me on the cover and printing an article on all of my books.

WATCH: Elephant poaching might not be what you think

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I'm continuing to post educational videos about my young adult novel No Entry, which takes place in South Africa's Kruger National Park. Thanks to SCBWI for the inspiration to offer resources to teachers, parents, teens, wildlife enthusiasts, elephant lovers and booklovers in lockdown as I am in Israel.  

LISTEN: My podcast with NovelClass on The Last Watchman of Old Cairo

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 My latest podcast with Dave Pezza's NovelClass is out.I loved discussing The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by author Michael David Lukas. This opportunity came at an ideal time. I had just participated in the Vancouver Jewish Book Festival (February 2020) and spent an evening as part of the festival enjoying a livestream interview...
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Proud to be part of SCBWI's remote resources

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​"So many creators of children's books have risen to the call for help from teachers and parents during the COVID-19 crisis by creating online materials that will entertain, instruct, and inspire children and young people. Some are reading their books and discussing them. Some have created mini-lessons on art or history or craft projects. Some are ...
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Join me for NovelClass this Wednesday

Join me for NovelClass this Wednesday
NovelClass@NovelClassPod·12hEpisode 4.02 of NovelClass airs this Wednesday! Author @green_gila returns to the show to join host @dpezza02 in discussing The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas. Stay safe, stay healthy, stay home, and keep reading!!!

Guest Post: How Lonely is the Life of a Writer by Deborah Mendez-Blaauw

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This website has been up for over a year and my decision to interview authors and to ask them to contribute posts has definitely been my best one. It's allowed me to connect with and hear the voices of so many writers and it's been an honor. Today's post is from Deborah Mendez-Blaauw, who was also gracious enough to review my novel-in-stories ...
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No Entry: Chapter One

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As so many of us are in partial/full lockdown/quarantine and feeling isolated, I thought I'd read from my young adult novel No Entry. I hope to post a chapter on Wednesdays and Sundays, but given the crazy situation, I can only try to keep to a schedule--please forgive me if I don't. If you want to learn about elephants, elephant poaching, wil...
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No Entry: Now available in the Biblical Museum of Natural History

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​My young adult novel No Entry is available in the new Biblical Museum of Natural History gift shop and I couldn't be more excited!Copies are limited. Due to the tragic Australian fires, I am unable to order more and now with corona virus, I cannot predict future availability. No Entry is a perfect read for anyone interested in a teen adv...
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Watch: How to make authors love you? Support small press

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 It's so easy to support small and indie presses by ordering online from them directly. Now, more than ever with the current situation regarding Corona virus, I encourage you to support small press. 

Author interview: Erica S. Perl

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​I recently joined SCBWI and one of the many benefits is meeting children's writers from near and far. I was delighted to do a webinar with two amazing children's writers Erica S. Perl and Rajani LaRocca (coming soon) in February 2020 and, of course, I took this wonderful opportunity to invite both of them to be guests on gilagreenwrites. Welcome E...
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What's on in Israel this spring for writers?

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​I often get emails or FB messages from people who ask if I know of any writer's groups or workshops. This post is for you.Please note: the information below is not comprehensive and I post it as it's sent to me, so check back for updates.If you have a writing group or writing related activity on for anywhere in Israel this spring, please send me t...
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WATCH: Author reading at Israel Writer's Studio

Dara Barnat, Leah Scheier, Gila Green Author Reading: Israel Writer's Studio, Tel Aviv
 Thank you to Jennifer Lang for hosting me in Tel Aviv. I was honored to read Spider Places, a short story from my new novel in stories White Zion (Cervena Barva Press, 2019) and to present along with writers Leah Scheier (middle) and Dara Barnat (left). The biggest thank you to the warm audience. 

Welcome Nadia Jacobson

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Nadia Jacobson is a writer, editor, and writing instructor who has been with me from the very beginning of my writing journey, so I'm more than delighted to share this interview with her today. I've been honored to occasionally take part in Writespace Jerusalem both as an instructor and as a participant and I encourage others who have the oppo...
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Amazon Reducing Orders to Publishers

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This story is from November 2019 but still important. By Jim Milliot | Nov 11, 2019In order to deal with congestion issues at its warehouses, Amazon has been cutting book orders to publishers over the last several weeks. It isn't clear how widespread the reduction in orders is, but several independent publishers contacted by PW reported cuts i...
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Meet award-winning artist and writer, Terry Kurgan

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One of the perks of participating in February 2020's Vancouver Jewish Book Festival was meeting other authors from all over the world. One of the creatives I was privileged to meet (but not for long enough!) was South African award-winning writer and artist Terry Kurgan. I'm honored to welcome her to gilagreenwrites. Welcome Terry!BIO: Te...
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#577 in Jewish literature today

#577 in Jewish literature today
Product detailsPaperback: 358 pagesPublisher: S & H Publishing, Incorporated (Aug. 19 2018)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 163320054XISBN-13: 978-1633200548Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cmShipping Weight: 612 gCustomer Reviews: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews This is the Canadian Amazon site. Check out more reviews on Amazon USA.Am...
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Pics from the Vancouver Jewish book festival/Toronto talks February 2020

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Author interviews coming up on gilagreenwrites

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March: ​Writespace Jerusalem's Nadia Jacobson (Founder/Director/Author)April: TBAMay: Author Miriam DroriJune: Author Mel RosenbergJuly: Author Katherine LockeAugust: Author Shana Ritter

Interview in Vancouver's Jewish Independent

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Magnifying emotionsGila Green will talk about her two latest books at the Jewish Book Festival on Feb. 9. (photo from JCC Jewish Book Festival)From the first page, White Zion reads like a memoir. Through 16 short stories, we get to know Miriam and her family, from her great-grandparents to her own children, as well as the places they are from, incl...
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Interview with author and editor Janice Weizman

Interview with author and editor Janice Weizman Janice Weizman
I'm delighted to have Janice Weizman on my site. Not only is she a colleague here in Israel, but a fellow Canadian and someone whose work I admire. Recently, I was honored when Janice included a review of my new novel in stories White Zion in her book review site (more on that below). A warm welcome, Janice!BioJanice Weizman is the author of t...
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February 19 in Toronto

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 Excited and grateful for this opportunity in Toronto February 19.Thanks so much, Na'amat Canada, Toronto...I'm digging around for some winter clothes...looking very forward.

Latest Books

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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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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