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Carnival Time: January Jewish Book Carnival

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Welcome to the  Jewish Book Carnival , a monthly event where those who cover Jewish books online "can meet, read, and comment on each others' posts." Organized by the Association of Jewish Libraries, the Carnival travels around and is hosted on a different participant's site on the 15th of each month. Let's get going with The Book of Life Podc...
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Shout-out to my Australian publisher on Kangaroo Island

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My No Entry publisher, Stormbird Press, has been evacuated due to the devastating fires on Kangaroo Island. Many staff members have left their posts in the town of Parndana to volunteer as firefighters.  Stormbird has been a wonderful, professional press and I'm proud to be a Stormbird author. Wishing you all tremendous support and s...
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The Reading Review looks at White Zion

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 Thank you so much to Deborah MB  for reviewing my novel in stories White Zion. White Zion has a brown-skinned voice White Zion – Gila Green Gila Green's White Zion tells us, though a collection of short stories, the story of Miriam Ehrblich, and those of her family. Miriam, a secular Canadian Jew, half Ashkenazi, half Yemenite, will...
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Review: ‘White Zion’ is not without black humour

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Thank you to Lyn Julius for reading and reviewing White Zion . I'm looking forward to her talk in Jerusalem in January and to thanking her in person.   Why did Gila Green, a writer, editor and teacher who moved to Israel from her native Canada, call her book White Zion ? In this thinly-disguised autobiographical collection of short storie...
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White Zion Review in Reading Jewish Fiction

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Cheers to author Miryam Sivan for reviewing White Zion.  This review appears in author Janice Weziman's exciting new review site Reading Jewish Fiction . Stay tuned for an interview with Janice on this site coming up in February when she'll tell us all about her new venture, as well as fill us in on her next ...
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Meet me in Vancouver, Seattle, Toronto, Tel Aviv

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I'm so excited to be part of this year's Vancouver Jewish Book Festival.  And y ou're invited! Please come up and say hello...  Vancouver Jewish Book Festival February 9 & White Rock South Surrey JCC. Seattle: TBA Toronto: 14/2 with Brian Henry               16/2 Israel's Bookshop      ...
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Thanks Hadassah Magazine

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I was thrilled to see No Entry listed in Hadassah Magazine's new young adult books for winter reading.  It's an honor to be part of this list.

Vancouver Festival info is out!

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I'm so excited to be part of this Canadian festival.  Sunday February 9th in Vancouver...book lovers take note.  

As part of the 2020 Jewish Book Festival, the WRSSJCC will be hosting author Gila Green

As part of the 2020 Jewish Book Festival, the WRSSJCC will be hosting author Gila Green Meet me Sunday February 9, 2020
  GILA GREEN / White Zion and No Entry – born in Ottawa, Gila is a writer, editor and EFL teacher currently living in Israel. As the daughter of a Yemenite-Israeli father and Ashkenazi-Canadian mother, Gila paints from all the colours/hues of the Jewish palette. She often writes about racism, alienation, and immigration. The gritty yet shimmer...
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Four more days

Four more days
Snapped this after work this week. I don't know about you, but I cannot wait until Hanukkah (read: need vacation, doughnuts, latkes, family time, and Jerusalem is ready! 

Welcome to the January Jewish Book Carnival

Welcome to the January Jewish Book Carnival January Jewish Book Carnival
I'm happy to host the first Jewish Book Carnival of 2020. The  Jewish Book Carnival  is a monthly event where those who cover Jewish books online "can meet, read, and comment on each others' posts." Organized by the Association of Jewish Libraries, the Carnival travels around and is hosted on a different participant's site on the 15t...
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December: Jewish Book Carnival

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Herewith, the December 2019 Jewish Book Carnival: From Erika Dreifus: a reminder that we are now well into Jewish Book Month, which, as a reminder, takes place during the month preceding Hanukkah. I'll send you over to a recent Washington Post Book Club newsletter , which recently ran a terrific piece about it, to learn more. (And I'll admit that I...
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"I'm sure our readers will enjoy Passport Control"

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​Thanks so much to librarian Ana Esterin of the Winnipeg Kaufman Silverberg Library for including Passport Control in her 2020 new releases. 

Meet me in Vancouver!

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I'm so excited to share that White Zion and No Entry have been accepted to the Vancouver Jewish Book Festival for February 2020. Vancouver anyone? If you'll be there, please come up and say hello. I'll post more details as I receive them. Stay tuned for details of my Toronto talks coming up, also in February. 

The World of My Imagination: Remember when?

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"Nice and quiet here," David says.  "I can't wait to see what you've brought me," Yael says. "I can't wait to see your reaction." "To what?" "You'll see. I paid for an extra suitcase. There's a ton of things from your parents," he says. "Went by the house. They're almost done packing." His words are like cold water down her back. Her smile dis...
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This Chanukah, Give the Gift of Words

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Thank you goes out to my colleague and fellow author Julie Zuckerman, the creator of this beautiful poster and author of The Book of Jeremiah . This collage of book covers by Jewish writers is a knock-out and just in time for the winter holiday season. It's a personal gift to me to see White Zion included in this creative and talented group. I...
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No Entry and Passport Control: New in the Library

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Had to snap and post. No Entry, set in South Africa's Kruger National Park and Passport Control, set in Haifa in 1993, are both included on the newest poster at the Isaac Waldman Jewish Public Library in Vancouver. Knocked out to be included among so much talent from this group of Jewish authors. 

Thanks for a great book night

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Had a great time last night at Keramikli. I was honored to spend the evening with such talented and gracious authors: Ondine Sherman originally from Australia and Dr. Leah Scheier, originally from the USA. So wonderful to meet and talk with other English-language writers in Israel working on such important topics for young adult audiences. A public...
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Reminder: See you tomorrow at Keramikli

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"That's me holding the books"

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I'm delighted to see my novels on display at the Isaac Waldman Vancouver Jewish Library. Thank you Helen Pinsky, librarian (yes! I wanted to be a librarian when I was growing up) for sending me this great photo.   "I have read much of Passport Control , and like the other 2 books, I found it gripping me and impressing me with the characte...
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"Moving and Powerful" White Zion

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It means a lot to me when readers send me their thoughts on White Zion . Thank you, Terri! I read White Zion  recently and want to share how moving and powerful it was for me. It's wonderful to hear stories about Jews from MENA and how they are viewed in both Israel and Canada. I understand this is important to you from reading an interview on...
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November Jewish Carnival

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This month's Jewish carnival was kindly hosted by author Yael Shahar. I'm so pleased I took part. See my interview with author Jennifer Lang at the link below. There's more interviews for you to enjoy every month. Authors coming up in the next few months include: Miriam Drori, Daniel Sofer, Katherine Locke, Mel Rosenberg, Julie Gray, Nadi...
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Is it a punch in the mouth or Betrayal?

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"Hello? Anyone home?"  "Sorry. Still not used to driving on this side of the road," Yael lies. "Need to concentrate."  Yael forces her shoulders back. She wants to reverse, set the case on fire. She cannot believe she's participating in the murder of innocent animals. But she cannot arouse David's suspicions. There's no telling what he mi...
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The winner is...

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It's so fun to win a raffle! Got this message today:  Congratulations on winning the SCBWI Thursday Crawl 10/17!  Gila Green What's the SCBWI BookStop Crawl? Find out now and discover thousands of new novels.    Please check out my page, like it, and leave a comment and go on to explore.

"Yael is a great main character"-- Vancouver reader review, No Entry

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  Hello Gila, We have now received copies of both your books White Zion and No Entry - thank you so much!! We're cataloguing them, and will send you pictures of them in our display asap. BTW I read No Entry and was very impressed - both with your writing and with the messages that are so clearly conveyed to the reader. Yael is a great main cha...
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November 25th Save the date

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TED Circle in Tel Aviv

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This week I participated in Israel's first TED circle in Tel Aviv. We discussed a TED talk after watching it together. The main topic was efficiency vs. robustness. It was delightful to meet thirty new people from all different countries, backgrounds, and ages. Thanks to Professor Mel Rosenberg for inviting me AND we discovered that Professor Rosen...
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My new short story accepted to Jewish Literary Journal

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 My favorite genre is still the short story.  Every once in a while, I submit one. Indeed, I'm thinking of putting together a new short story collection and shutting down those voices in my head that whisper: novels, people want novels.  Today my story "Dis-Engagement" was accepted by the Jewish Literary Journal . Shout-out to author...
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Save the date for the next Beit Shemesh Lit Event

Save the date for the next Beit Shemesh Lit Event SAVE THE DATE
​The next Beit Shemesh Lit event is on its way. When: November 25 Time: 7:30 PM Where: Studio Keramikli Join us on Monday, November 25 for an exciting author talk. Dr Leah Scheier will be speaking about her new novel, just signed with Simon & Schuster for a 2021 release and Ondine Sherman will be visiting from Herzliyah to tell us about her Ani...
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For Canadian writers: Resiliency Anthology open to submissions

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Resiliency Anthology call for submissions The Selkie Publications CIC Deadline: 01 January 2020 at 00:00 Submissions are now open for a Canadian anthology on the theme of resiliency. Now accepting fiction, non-fiction, poetry and artwork until January 1, 2020. Paid opportunity! Submissions are now open for a Canadian anthology on the theme of resil...
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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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