I'm thrilled to announce I've signed a contract with Merit Press, New York for my YA novel, Passport Control. I'm especially honored to have Jackie Mitchard as my book editor. I'm excited to work with her and looking forward to learning as much as I can from such a polished author.
Passport Control is due to be published in hard copy and e-book winter 2017.
What's it about? A young Canadian student flees to Israel against her father’s wishes and is forced to overcome her naivete about local politics, the shock and betrayal of old family secrets, and a collision with murder.
Words of Color/ Coloring Words: A Workshop with Reut Shahar and Judy Labensohn Thursday October 27, 10 AM – 4 PM, Moshav Zafririm (near Beit Shemesh)
So much depends/ upon/ a red wheel barrow . . .
How does a writer relate to color? How does a painter relate to words? In this multi-disciplinary workshop, Reut Shahar, artist, and Judy Labensohn, writer, will enable participants to explore the relationship between primary colors and primal words. We will read poems and passages about colors for inspiration, paint with Shahar’s special paints developed for wood and write the colors that have defined major moments in our lives.
Towards the end of the workshop we will experiment with mixing words and colors and sharing these creations with the group, possibly even creating a group piece of work. A day of creativity in Shahar’s studio, saturated with the smells and greenery of the Adullam forest, promises to be a meaningful and colorful way to start the new year.
This workshop is suitable for anyone who wants to play with words and color.
Bio: Reut Shahar is a sculptress, designer and singer. She is the co-founder and artistic director of Kakadu, where she creates and designs an entire language of hand-painted wooden objects and household items. The thirty-year old company is internationally-known. As a performer and sculptor, Shahar has performed and exhibited in galleries and museums in Israel and around the world. She sings and composes music and lyrics, plays several instruments and recently produced a CD, “Tamid.” In Israel Shahar leads workshops on piyutim, ancient liturgical poems, and at her studio in Moshav Zafririm, she leads the popular workshop Everyone Is Born an Artist.
Judy Labensohn is the founder of The Writing Pad. She has been teaching creative writing and mentoring Anglo adults in Israel for more than twenty years. Her writing has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Moment Magazine, Lilith Magazine, and Creative Nonfiction, among others. For fifteen years she wrote a personal essay column for The Jerusalem Post. Her essay “Leaving Babylon: A Walk through the Get Ceremony,” has been anthologized in college textbooks. Lately, she has taken up hairdressing and will be delighted to cut your hair at Just Cuts, her little shrine in her home in Tel Aviv.
Maximum number of participants: 16
Cost: NIS 430 - includes all art materials, tea and coffee, snacks and light lunch.
Registration: Email email@example.com that you are interested and let me know how many places you wish to reserve. When you receive the OK, send a check made out to Judy Labensohn to Rehov Beeri 53, Apt. 5, Tel Aviv-Yafo, 6423319.
Location: Reut Shahar’s Studio is on the northeast edge of Moshav Zafririm, in Park Adullam, south of Beit Shemesh. Use Waze for getting there by car or take a train to Beit Shemesh and then a cab, which we can help coordinate.
Cancellation Policy: Cancelling within a week of the workshop will necessitate forfeiting the full cost if your place cannot be filled.
Start the new year with a blast of color.
. . .glazed with rain/ water/ beside the white/ chickens.
William Carlos Williams