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Meet me in Toronto in February

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Friday February 14, 10:15 - 11:15 with Brian Henry,  1 Glenview Ave.Monday, February 17, 15:00 podcasting with Boston's Dave Pezza, NovelClass (We're chatting about The Last Watchman of Old Cairo-join us)Tuesday, February 18, 19:30 - 20:30 PM ISRAEL'S JUDAICA CENTRE, 441 Clark Avenue West ThornhillWednesday, Febru...
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Carnival Time: January Jewish Book Carnival

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Welcome to the Jewish Book Carnival, a monthly event where those who cover Jewish books online "can meet, read, and comment on each others' posts." Organized by the Association of Jewish Libraries, the Carnival travels around and is hosted on a different participant's site on the 15th of each month.Let's get going with The Book of Life Podcast...
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Shout-out to my Australian publisher on Kangaroo Island

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My No Entry publisher, Stormbird Press, has been evacuated due to the devastating fires on Kangaroo Island.Many staff members have left their posts in the town of Parndana to volunteer as firefighters. Stormbird has been a wonderful, professional press and I'm proud to be a Stormbird author.Wishing you all tremendous support and stre...
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The Reading Review looks at White Zion

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 Thank you so much to Deborah MB for reviewing my novel in stories White Zion.White Zion has a brown-skinned voiceWhite Zion – Gila GreenGila Green's White Zion tells us, though a collection of short stories, the story of Miriam Ehrblich, and those of her family. Miriam, a secular Canadian Jew, half Ashkenazi, half Yemenite, will eve...
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Review: ‘White Zion’ is not without black humour

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Thank you to Lyn Julius for reading and reviewing White Zion. I'm looking forward to her talk in Jerusalem in January and to thanking her in person.  Why did Gila Green, a writer, editor and teacher who moved to Israel from her native Canada, call her book White Zion? In this thinly-disguised autobiographical collection of short stories, ...
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‘White Zion’ is not without black humour

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Thank you to Lyn Julius for her in-depth White Zion review. I am honored that she took the time to read my book and looking forward to her upcoming talk in Jerusalem this month. Bio: Lyn Julius is a journalist and co-founder of Harif, an association of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa in the UK. She is the author of 'Uproot...
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White Zion Review in Reading Jewish Fiction

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Cheers to author Miryam Sivan for reviewing White Zion. This review appears in author Janice Weziman's exciting new review site Reading Jewish Fiction. Stay tuned for an interview with Janice on this site coming up in February when she'll tell us all about her new venture, as well as fill us in on her next wr...
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Meet me in Vancouver, Seattle, Toronto, Tel Aviv

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I'm so excited to be part of this year's Vancouver Jewish Book Festival. And you're invited! Please come up and say hello... Vancouver Jewish Book Festival February 9 & White Rock South Surrey JCC.Seattle: TBAToronto: 14/2 with Brian Henry              16/2 Israel's Bookshop       ...
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Thanks Hadassah Magazine

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I was thrilled to see No Entry listed in Hadassah Magazine's new young adult books for winter reading. It's an honor to be part of this list.

Vancouver Festival info is out!

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I'm so excited to be part of this Canadian festival. Sunday February 9th in Vancouver...book lovers take note.  

As part of the 2020 Jewish Book Festival, the WRSSJCC will be hosting author Gila Green

As part of the 2020 Jewish Book Festival, the WRSSJCC will be hosting author Gila Green Meet me Sunday February 9, 2020
 GILA GREEN / White Zion and No Entry – born in Ottawa, Gila is a writer, editor and EFL teacher currently living in Israel. As the daughter of a Yemenite-Israeli father and Ashkenazi-Canadian mother, Gila paints from all the colours/hues of the Jewish palette. She often writes about racism, alienation, and immigration. The gritty yet shimmeri...
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Four more days

Four more days
Snapped this after work this week. I don't know about you, but I cannot wait until Hanukkah (read: need vacation, doughnuts, latkes, family time, and Jerusalem is ready! 

Welcome to the January Jewish Book Carnival

Welcome to the January Jewish Book Carnival January Jewish Book Carnival
I'm happy to host the first Jewish Book Carnival of 2020. The Jewish Book Carnival is a monthly event where those who cover Jewish books online "can meet, read, and comment on each others' posts." Organized by the Association of Jewish Libraries, the Carnival travels around and is hosted on a different participant's site on the 15th ...
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December: Jewish Book Carnival

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Herewith, the December 2019 Jewish Book Carnival:From Erika Dreifus: a reminder that we are now well into Jewish Book Month, which, as a reminder, takes place during the month preceding Hanukkah. I'll send you over to a recent Washington Post Book Club newsletter, which recently ran a terrific piece about it, to learn more. (And I'll admit that I'm...
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"I'm sure our readers will enjoy Passport Control"

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​Thanks so much to librarian Ana Esterin of the Winnipeg Kaufman Silverberg Library for including Passport Control in her 2020 new releases. 

Meet me in Vancouver!

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I'm so excited to share that White Zion and No Entry have been accepted to the Vancouver Jewish Book Festival for February 2020. Vancouver anyone? If you'll be there, please come up and say hello. I'll post more details as I receive them. Stay tuned for details of my Toronto talks coming up, also in February. 

The World of My Imagination: Remember when?

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"Nice and quiet here," David says. "I can't wait to see what you've brought me," Yael says."I can't wait to see your reaction.""To what?""You'll see. I paid for an extra suitcase. There's a ton of things from your parents," he says. "Went by the house. They're almost done packing."His words are like cold water down her back. Her smile disappea...
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This Chanukah, Give the Gift of Words

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Thank you goes out to my colleague and fellow author Julie Zuckerman, the creator of this beautiful poster and author of The Book of Jeremiah. This collage of book covers by Jewish writers is a knock-out and just in time for the winter holiday season. It's a personal gift to me to see White Zion included in this creative and talented group. I'...
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No Entry and Passport Control: New in the Library

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Had to snap and post.No Entry, set in South Africa's Kruger National Park and Passport Control, set in Haifa in 1993, are both included on the newest poster at the Isaac Waldman Jewish Public Library in Vancouver. Knocked out to be included among so much talent from this group of Jewish authors. 

Review: My Real Name is Hanna

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"I am listening at the top of the stairs again. I feel sick to my stomach. Scared. War is coming closer. People I have seen who walked on our roads are being murdered. Proof that Jews are being lied to. There are no safe camps or ghettoes any longer. Blood pounds in my ears. My head hurts…I dream of guns firing and water splashing." Excerpt from Ta...
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"Green’s novel was somewhat prophetic in its predictions"

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 I was delighted to sit down with Ottawa Jewish Bulletin editor Michael Regenstreif while I was in Ottawa in September.By Michael Regenstreif EditorI discovered Israeli-Canadian writer Gila Green more than six years ago when I read her fascinating futuristic novel, King of the Class. As I noted in my review, published in the Ottawa Jewish...
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"I thoroughly enjoyed this book"

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Steph's book blog is a lovely place for bookworms to hang out. It's brimming with hundreds of book reviews and new ones are added all the time. Fortunately, blog owner Stephanie Rothwell is a history buff, so I was delighted when she agreed to read White Zion. Steph's ReviewWith thanks to the author for the copy received. I read the ...
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Thanks for a great book night

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Had a great time last night at Keramikli.I was honored to spend the evening with such talented and gracious authors: Ondine Sherman originally from Australia and Dr. Leah Scheier, originally from the USA. So wonderful to meet and talk with other English-language writers in Israel working on such important topics for young adult audiences. A public ...
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Review of Thaddeus Rutkowski's reissued flash fiction novel: Haywire

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By Gila GreenAbout seven years ago, I was asked to write a paid blog post about a twitter novel and Twitterature in general that was sure to come and stampede over the novel structure most of us are familiar with. While I recall thinking how much I liked the idea of challenging the current novel format, (not to discard it but to...
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Reminder: See you tomorrow at Keramikli

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"That's me holding the books"

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I'm delighted to see my novels on display at the Isaac Waldman Vancouver Jewish Library.Thank you Helen Pinsky, librarian (yes! I wanted to be a librarian when I was growing up) for sending me this great photo.  "I have read much of Passport Control, and like the other 2 books, I found it gripping me and impressing me with the characters ...
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"Moving and Powerful" White Zion

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It means a lot to me when readers send me their thoughts on White Zion. Thank you, Terri!I read White Zion recently and want to share how moving and powerful it was for me. It's wonderful to hear stories about Jews from MENA and how they are viewed in both Israel and Canada. I understand this is important to you from reading an interview onlin...
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My No Entry interview on Jera's Jamboree

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 Jera's Jamboree is a fun online place to visit with a plethora of information put out by Shaz, the owner of Jera's Jamboree. Shaz describes her site as "a mix of posts with the focus on helping you to unwind – time out from the pressures of everyday life." There's an original combination of posts about everything from crochet to gen...
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Interview with Tessa Barrie of Lost Blogs

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Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, I very recently 'met' the Canadian author, Gila Green, who is based in Israel. Since then, I've got to know her a little better, as she kindly agreed to be interviewed.To date, Gila has written four novels, and her work has been shortlisted for many awards, which is no surprise. Her books focus on everyday peo...
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Something to Remember

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 "All I remember of my grandmother's house was her doll collection. I was five and overweight from too much Kentucky Fried chicken, dripping with the honey they'd give you in those bite-sized plastic containers, and I was as shy as any fat kid in a foreign country.I remember a room with low ceilings and walls that felt too close together, and ...
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No Entry

No Entry

In No Entry, Canadian teenager, Yael Amar, signs on to an elephant conservation program and ends up coming face to face with violence, greed, and murder and the taste of a very real danger for all of us: elephant extinction.

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White Zion

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White Zion is a novel in stories forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press (April 2019). The novel takes readers into the worlds of 19th century Yemen, pre-State Israel, modern Israel and modern Canada...

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Passport Control

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Miriam Gil knows little about Israel. Her father won’t talk about his life there or the brother he left behind when he came to Canada. Hurt and angry when he tells her to move out to make room for his new girlfriend, she enrolls in an Israeli university. She falls in love with Guy... 

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King of the Class

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Eve and Manny are engaged in post-civil war Israel, but Manny has a secret: he’s falling in love with his religious roots and turning his back on moral relativism. As their wedding date approaches...

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