2016 Edward Lewis Wallant Award for American Jewish Fiction
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2016 Edward Lewis Wallant Award for American Jewish Fiction

Ayelet Tsabari
Amy Gottlieb

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 7:00PM
Innovation Center, Mandell Jewish Community Center
335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford

About the Award

The Edward Lewis Wallant Award is presented annually to an American writer whose published creative work of fiction is considered to have significance for the American Jew.

The award was established shortly after the untimely death in December 1962 of Edward Lewis Wallant, gifted author of The Human Season and The Pawnbroker, by Dr. and Mrs. Irving Waltman of West Hartford. The Waltmans were prompted to create this memorial because of their admiration for Edward Wallant’s literary ability.

2016 Recipient -
Ayelet Tsabari

Ayelet Tsabari was born in Israel to a large family of Yemeni descent. She grew up in a suburb of Tel Aviv, served in the Israeli army, and travelled extensively throughout South East Asia, Europe and North America. Ayelet was first published at the age of ten in an Israeli children’s magazine, and worked as a freelance journalist from the age of fifteen, mostly writing for MaarivLearn more...

2016 Runner-Up -
Amy Gottlieb

Amy Gottlieb is a graduate of Clark University and the University of Chicago. Her fiction and poetry have been published in Other Voices, Lilith, Puerto del Sol, Zeek, Storyscape, The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish Poetry, and elsewhere. She has received a Literary Fellowship and Residency from the Bronx Council on the Arts, and an Arts Fellowship from the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. Amy lives with her family on the edge of the Hudson River in New York City.  Learn more...