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Evan Fallenberg is the author of two novels – Light Fell (Soho Press, 2008) and When We Danced on Water (HarperCollins, 2011) – and translator of many more, including Ron Leshem's Beaufort, Batya Gur's Murder in Jerusalem, Alon Hilu's Death of a Monk and The House of Rajani, Yair Lapid’s Memories After My Death, and Meir Shalev's My Russian Grandmother’s American Vacuum Cleaner and A Pigeon and a Boy, winner of the 2007 National Jewish Book Award for fiction. Other translations include work for television (Adir Miller); the stage (Gilad Evron, Lior Navok); and cinema (Savi Gabizon).

Fallenberg has won or been shortlisted for the following prizes: the American Library Association's Barbara Gittings Stonewall Book Award for Literature; the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction; the National Jewish Book Award in fiction; the Lambda Literary Award for Debut Fiction; the Samuel Goldberg Foundation Prize for Jewish Fiction by Emerging Writers; the Harold U. Ribalow Award; the PEN Translation Prize; and the Times Literary Supplement of London Risa Domb/Porjes Prize for Translation of Hebrew Literature.

Fallenberg is a graduate of Georgetown University and the MFA program in creative writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts. He is coordinator of literary translation and fiction in the Department of English Literature at Bar-Ilan University and for five years was a guest faculty member of the low-residency MFA program in creative writing at City University of Hong Kong. The recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center, National Endowment for the Arts, and Fondation Ledig-Rowohlt (Chateau de Lavigny, Switzerland), Fallenberg serves as an advisor to the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and as a judge for the Galtelli International Literary Prize (Sardinia).

Evan Fallenberg

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