Here are some literary impressions from my recent journey to Jerusalem. Thoughts of great books I have read and of ‘local’ authors that were never far from my mind on this trip:

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The David Chronicles by Uvi Poznansky made my sightings of references to King David all the more powerful. Check out her post on this blog about the Perils of Biblical Inspiration and my interview with her.


This sign reminded me of Ellis Shuman, an American author living in Israel. Here is my interview with him about his novel “Valley of the Thracians” and “The Virtual Kibbuz”. Ellis writes for the Huffington Post and the Oslo Times and is fascinated by all things Bulgarian and Poker.


One of my literary highlights was finding Revital Shiri-Horowitz, a Jewish writer of Iraqui descend, on twitter, a few years back. Her book “Daughters of Iraq” and “Hope to See you Soon” are amazing novels about a particular immigrant experience. I was delighted to be reminded of her so often.


Paulette Mahurin recently wrote about a wonderful novel about Emil Zola in “To Live Out Loud” , an impressive book that is still on my mind.

This is just the tip of the iceberg.

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I sadly never got to meet author Yael Politis who lives in Israel and who writes some great fiction.

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