Writer Julia Fermentto-Tzaisler has been named the new artistic director of the Jerusalem International Writers Festival.
Fermentto-Tzaisler, 37, is the award-winning author of ‘Safari’, her 2011 debut novel about a listless generation of urban nihilists in Tel Aviv after the 2006 Lebanon War, and ‘Kfar Saba 2000’ about a fantasizing couple. on a parallel life that will take them far from their small town, where violence boils beneath the surface.
Originally from Kfar Saba now living with his artist partner David Duvshani in Tel Aviv, Fermentto-Tzaisler is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics at Ben Gurion University in the Negev, and holds a doctorate in literature. Judeo-American and Yiddish. from the University of California at San Diego.
She replaces her fellow writer Liran Golod at the festival, while Golod leaves to concentrate on her writing.
âMy hope is that the festival guests get to know not only the big stars, but also lesser-known voices,â said Fermentto-Tzaisler. âI plan to shuffle the cards and run an inspiring, intriguing and innovative festival. “
The festival takes place at Mishkenot Sha’ananim, the arts and culture complex overlooking the Old City, and each year brings different voices from the global literary realm to Israel, welcoming leading writers alongside young writers.
Next year’s 10th festival will be held May 15-19, 2022, alongside the International Book Forum, two events that bring the international publishing community together in Jerusalem.