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Tag Archives: Ari Shavit

Ari Shavit’s “My Promised Land” Headed To HBO In New Documentary

HBO will turn Ari Shavit's My Promised Land into a television documentary, CEO and chairman Richard Pleper announced at the 2015 INTV media conference in Jerusalem. "The book left me awestruck and as moved as I’ve been maybe ever," Pleper told the crowd. "When I first approached him, I said to Ari that I’ve waited my whole adult life to find this book.” Published in 2014, "My Promised Land" is a carefully crafted narrative history, weaving family memoir, documents and hundreds of interviews with Arabs and Jews. The book, Shavit's first, took home the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for fiction. No release date has been set, but Israeli filmmaker Dan Setton, whose previous work has centered on Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has been tapped to direct.  Here, Ari Shavit addresses... Read More →

VIDEO: Ari Shavit Speaks At Cleveland City Club: “America Should Lead An Alliance Of Stabilizers”

Photo credit: Robert Muller The biggest laugh during Ari Shavit’s serious, passionate talk about the Middle East came at the end, when a questioner at the City Club of Cleveland asked the Israeli journalist about the Kurds. “Look,” Shavit said. “There are no good guys. There are no Canadians in the Middle East.  So you have two options: You opt out and say, ‘I’m a purist; I don’t touch it; it’s all contaminated.’ Or you say, ‘It’s a rough world out there, and promoting the lesser evil is doing the right thing.’" In “the world’s most unstable region,” Shavit insisted that the United States must stay in the game: “I think the distinction should be not between moderates and extremists but stabilizers and de-stabilizers. America should lead an alliance of... Read More →

VIDEO: Ari Shavit On Winning The 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award For Nonfiction

Ari Shavit, a columnist for Jerusalem’s daily newspaper Haaretz, spent five years writing My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel in English and Hebrew simultaneously. A former Israeli paratrooper, peace advocate and great-grandson of Victorian-era Zionists, Shavit carefully examines a fraught and difficult history, interweaving family memoir, multiple documents and hundreds of interviews with Arabs and Jews. This important, clarifying book asks why Israel was created, what it has achieved, what went wrong and if it can survive. We spent a few minutes with Shavit prior to this year's ceremony, and he expressed his gratitude to the jury for recognizing his work:  Ari Shavit, Winner of the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award For Nonfiction, for "My Promised Land" from... Read More →

Explore 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Award Winning Titles At Cleveland Public Library’s Brown Bag Book Club

On the cusp of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards ceremony, join awards manager Karen R. Long for a personal introduction to the titles being honored this year. Long will offer a speed date with each book, and an introduction to the Lifetime Achievement winners on Wednesday, September 3 at noon. Her presentation will kick off this fall’s Brown Bag Book Club at the Cleveland Public Library downtown. In subsequent weeks, the series will then break out to examine each of the 2014 award-winning books in turn. Beginning Wednesday, September 10, readers will gather at noon with expert librarians to consider the poetry, novel and nonfiction works in the spotlight this year:   The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka Wednesday, September 10 A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra... Read More →
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