Fiction & War


Join us for a special literary evening where we will explore the relationship of fiction and war. The notable local author, Haim Watzman (bio below), will read one of his short stories that responds to the ongoing situation in Israel. Following the reading, MC Lonnie Monka (bio below) will engage Haim in a dialogue about writing during these dark times.

The event will be held at Bessarabia, a distinctly Jerusalem style bar and cultural hub. The venue is located in the underground section of the City Tower building (the entrance is near the top of Ben Yehuda Street).

The doors will open at 20:00 and the event will start at 20:30. We suggest arriving early to get situated.

The event is FREE (those interested in promoting local literary community should visit: http://patreon.com/jerusalism )

Haim Watzman

Haim Watzman is the author of three books: Company C: An American’s Life as a Citizen-Soldier in Israel; A Crack in the Earth: A Journey Up Israel’s Rift Valley; and a story collection, Necessary Stories, a selection from among the more than 150 he has written. His play The Chair won the 2021 Theater Institute Award of the Contemporary Jewish Drama International Competition sponsored by the Estera Rachel and Ida Makinskie Jewish Theater in Warsaw. It was performed in a staged reading in 2023 as part of Mikro Theater’s Kings Festival, and is scheduled for a full production in the fall of 2024. One of the leading translators of Hebrew works into English, with more than 50 books to his credit, he has worked with many of Israel’s leading authors and scholars, among them Shlomo Avineri, David Grossman, Hillel Cohen, Amos Oz, and Tom Segev. He edited the English-language version of Yuval Noah Harari’s worldwide bestseller, Sapiens. An archive of his stories and more information about his books and translations can be found on his website: https://haimwatzman.com/. To get alerts when a new piece appears and background on his stories, subscribe to his substack: https://haimwatzman.substack.com/.

Lonnie Monka

Lonnie is the founder of Jerusalism, which started as nonchalant literary gatherings and, over the years, transformed into a non-profit organization promoting Israeli literature in English. He is also a poet, writer, and PhD student, whose interests tend towards the overlap of performance theory, art history, and modernist & contemporary poetics. Lately, he has been active sharing poetry and mini art reviews on his instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lonniemonka/

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