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Ayelet Gundar-Goshen


Israel Institute Visiting Israeli Artist

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen is a critically-acclaimed Israeli author who will serve as a Visiting Artist with the Center during Fall Quarter 2019 and teach a course in the English Department, titled "Topics in Creative Writing: Psychology of Writing."


Gundar-Goshen's first novel, One Night, Markovitch (2012), won the Sapir Prize in 2013 for debut novels. The Hebrew novel was translated into fourteen languages and also won the Italian Adei-Wizo Prize (Italy, 2016), which Gundar-Goshen shared with Etgar Keret, as well as the French Adei-Wizo Prize (Paris, 2017). The novel was also long-listed for the Italian Sinbad Prize and for the Grand prix des lectrices de Elle.


Gundar-Goshen's second novel, Waking Lions (2014), was translated into thirteen languages. It won the 2017 Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize, which Gundar-Goshen shared with Philippe Sands. The New York Times picked Waking Lions as one of its "100 Notable Books of 2017" and The Wall Street Journal included the novel on its "Best Summer Reads" list. It was also the 2017 finalist for two of the Jewish Book Council's National Jewish Book Awards in the categories of the Book Club Award and the Fiction Award.


Gundar-Goshen also writes screenplays for TV and cinema in Israel. One of her short scripts - "Batman at the Checkpoint" - won the Berlin Today Award for the best short film on the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2012.


Gundar-Goshen is a regular contributor to BBC’s The Cultural Frontline and an occasional contributor to the Financial Times, Time Magazine and The Telegraph.


She has a master's degree in psychology from Tel Aviv University and also studied screenwriting at Sam Spiegel Film School in Jerusalem. A clinical psychologist, Gundar-Goshen teaches psychology at Tel Aviv University and the Holon Institute of Technology and is also involved in the Israeli civil rights movement.