MHC Hosts Renowned Author Gail Hareven

Gail Hareven, a prominent Israeli novelist whose fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, is an artist-in-residence at Mount Holyoke College through early November.

Hareven has three speaking engagements while at the College. On Tuesday, October 23, she will speak about “Things My Great-Grandfather Couldn’t Have Written: On the Development of Hebrew Literature and Language in Modern Israel” at 7 pm in room 216 of Skinner Hall. On Thursday, October 25, she will discuss “On Women’s Army Service in Israel: A Three Generation Experience” at 7 pm in the Cassani Room of Shattuck Hall. And on Thursday, November 1, she will deliver “A Writer’s Reflections on Jerusalem” at 7 pm in room 216 of Skinner Hall.

Hareven, who lives in Jerusalem, is the author of six novels and several short story collections, plays, nonfiction books, and children’s books. In 2002, she was awarded Israel's prestigious Sapir Prize for literature for her novel, The Confessions of Noa Weber, which NPR’s Books We Like described as “…witty and compelling.”

In addition, Hareven is a journalist and creative writing teacher. She recently completed a project translating Shakespeare’s sonnets into Hebrew.

Hareven is hosted by MHC’s Jewish studies program, in cooperation with Hampshire College and the Judaic studies department at UMass Amherst. Her visit is sponsored by the Schusterman Foundation’s Visiting Artists Program, a residency program that brings Israeli artists to the United States. All three of her lectures are free and open to the public.