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Thanks for the five out of five

Thanks to Drora Arussy for her top review of Passport ControlD. Arussy5.0 out of 5 starsFinding one's place through personal historyMiriam is the daughter of a Yemenite Israeli and an Ashkenazi Canadian. She very much has the looks of a Yemenite, but is raised in Canada. This dichotomy within her own identity causes her to seek out her father's pas...
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Passport Control in AJL

I'm delighted to receive this review in the September/October newsletter put out by the Association of Jewish Libraries.  "Passport Control is a welcome addition to any Judaica collections, although not an academic one." Laura Schutzman, AJL Publications Chair, Hebrew Academy of Nassau County, Uniondale, NY

White Zion receives top marks

​Thank you to the bookandblintzes site for this great review of White Zion.With a vibrancy and complexity that brings her characters and their stories to life, Gila Green's latest book, White Zion is a celebration of her artistry. Written as a collection of stories, it weaves together the tales of generations as Green crosses continents, watches em...
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Author Talk in Modiin Oct 6

I'm honored to be spending an exciting literary evening with fellow authors in Israel Dalia Rosenfeld and Julie Zuckerman. Save the date! October 6 at the Sklar Levy Gallery, Modiin who is generously hosting. Thank you!I'll be reading from my new novel in stories White Zion. My new novel No Entry will also be available. Please come up and say hello...
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No Entry is a must read

I am honored to post this review of No Entry from We Love Quality Books. Thank you so much.  No Entry's official release date is September 17. The story is set in South Africa and the Kruger National Park. The protagonist, Yael Amar finds difficult to cope with a traumatic experience. To divert herself from the never-ending pain, bra...
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Five Star White Zion Review

Thanks so much to author Julie Zuckerman for her review of White Zion.This is the first book of Gila Green's that I've read and it did not disappoint. The stories are linked by the same protagonist, Miri, a Canadian born to a Yemenite-Israeli father and Ashkenazic-Canadian mother. Green's prose is evocative and reflects both painful and loving mome...
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Genuine Jenn Shoutout

Thanks so much to Genuine Jenn for posting a great shoutout regarding my new young adult eco-fiction novel No Entry and for her forthcoming review.I particularly appreciate support from my home province of Ontario. Looking forward to hearing more from you soon. 

No Entry in Dragonfly

I'm so happy to share with you my review and interview in Dragonfly. I'm honored to be in such a worthy publication. The global novel exists, not as a genre separated from and opposed to other kinds of fiction, but as a perspective that governs the interpretation of experience. In this way, it is faithful to the way the global is actually live...
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Win a copy of No Entry

My new novel No Entry is out TODAY. There's no better way to celebrate than a book giveaway. Thank you so much to the UK's Kate on Conservation for her five-star review of No Entry and for her exciting giveaway. Good luck to all of the contest entrants. Review from Kate on ConservationThere are some books that are far more ...
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Carleton University Reading of No Entry

​I'm excited to share with you the details of my Carleton University reading September 19th. I'll be reading from No Entry, the first in an environmental series that tackles the horrors of elephant poaching in South Africa's famous Kruger National Park through the eyes of Ottawa teen heroine, Yael Amar. Thanks for the warm welcome, Carleton and tha...
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What We Are

motel Photo by Jake Stark on Unsplash
My short story What We Are was posted this month in The Bookends Review.Photo credit: Jake Stark, UnsplashThank you Jordan Blum for selecting my story for publication.  what we areBy Gila GreenPosted on August 12, 2019 The summer I turned nineteen I was broke. I had three more years of university to pay for and who knew when the Canadian ...
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Five-Star No Entry Reviews from Margo Dill and Amy P. Knight

Five-Star No Entry Reviews from Margo Dill and Amy P. Knight No Entry
 Gila Green is a masterful storyteller, and No Entry can definitely be added to her growing list of masterpieces. With just the right balance of setting description, endearing characters, and daily life in South Africa, No Entry picks readers up out of their comfortable homes and drops them in the middle of Kruger National Park. But the beauti...
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What's new next week?

​This August I have two new short stories coming out. The first in The Bookends Review with Jordan Blum titled "What we Are" and the second in Sephardic Horizons titled "Author Talk." An extended review of White Zion is coming out in that same Sephardic Horizons issue--thank you Susan Weintrob. Will post links as soon as they become available. ...
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Dear-Gila A note from a class participant
Dear Gila,I want to thank you for your guidance and personal attention. It has been a great learning experience for me. I have a much better understanding of flash fiction and about writing in general. And in this class I got to learn by doing, which is the best way for me to understand something. Having you review the lessons was invaluable. While...
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Author Talk September 16, Ottawa, Canada

authortalk_gila-green Author Talk in Ottawa September 16
So excited the flier is up!Looking forward to seeing you in Ottawa, September 16 at 13:00.Amazing to be speaking in my hometown.Thank you so much to Jack Schecter of the Greenberg Families Library at the JCC for the invitation and for all of his support and encouragement from the beginning, and to Brittany Halfpenny for the talented design. 

Fall Ottawa tour


In conversation with Gila Green, author of White Zion

My interview with Dan Moorhouse on his SchoolHistory site.Thanks so much, Dan. It was a pleasure to speak with you. DM: White Zion incorporates a lot of history. As Yael Unterman describes it, "In a journey of generations from Aden to Palestine to Ottawa, one Yemenite family encounters new and difficult realities: racism and war, rejectio...
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Got in the top 500

Passport Control is #459 in Jewish Literature. So thrilled! Thank you to all of you who have supported me, sent reviews and good wishes.Small press can "get out there". And of course, thank you to S&H Publishing. Huge thanks!

Praise for No Entry

Gareth Patterson
 I really enjoyed reading No Entry. Congratulations Gila, and wishing you much success with the book. "An inspiring tale about how one young person can make an important difference for Africa's wildlife." Gareth Patterson, author of The Secret Elephants, South Africa. Thanks so much, Gareth. I'm so pleased to read this.

Thrilled to be cohosting NovelClass

I'll be cohosting a NovelClass podcast this September when their season re-opens.So looking forward to talking to Dave Pezza about author Bianca Marais's  If You Want to Make God Laugh.Thanks so much for the opportunity to join you!

An email this morning on Passport Control

 Finished reading "Passport Control" some while ago, but neglected to tell you how very impressive it is for (among other reasons) inter-twining so many threads: North American and Israeli, past and present, with loving and vengeful characters. It was a wonderful read.Looking forward to reading "White Zion."  Susan H. Sachs

Author Talk Success: Beit Shemesh Lit

Keramikli-Author-Talk_July-7 Author Talk
​What do you get when you invite two talented authors, combine an engaged audience and throw in some book muffins? A delightful evening. I am so pleased our first Beit Shemesh Lit event was a success. Thanks to everyone who came: our out of town guest authors, Julie Zuckerman from Modiin and Miryam Sivan from Tel Aviv. Thanks to Jess...
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No Entry, because it's never been a more dangerous time to be an elephant

 My young adult eco-fiction novel No Entry will be released by Stormbird Press in Australia this October 2019.It is the first in a young adult environmental series.No Entry tackles elephant poaching through the eyes of a teen heroine on an elephant conservation program in South Africa's Kruger National Park as part of my attempt to draw attent...
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July 7 Author Talk in Haaretz Newspaper

Check out this week's Haaretz for details about my author talk Sunday with fellow authors Miryam Sivan and Julie Zuckerman.  So excited! Hope to see you there. 

New Passport Control Review

New Passport Control Review New Book Review
Just in from author Ondine Sherman: "I just finished your book, Passport Control, which I thought was excellent. I loved the complexities of the politics you drew out, allowing the readers to grapple with the issues themselves, and the young character's voice was very engaging. I wish it was longer - I want to know what happens next!"Thanks so...
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My new podcast with Jordan Blum

I'm thrilled to share my latest interview on The Bookends Review with gracious host, Jordan Blum.  My short story "What We Are" is coming out on The Bookends Review in August. It was originally titled The Kike Caller and that's what Jordan is referring to as after he accepted the story, I asked him if he thought that title was approp...
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The future of AI

future-of-AI PODCAST
​Fascinating podcast. Ever wonder if we'll need translators in the future?

Interviews coming up on Gilagreenwrites

author-interviews-2020 Meet authors on gilagreenwrites
Booked until 2020! July: Miryam SivanAugust: Annette GendlerSeptember: Rachel BarenbaumOctober: Julie Zuckerman November: Jennifer Friedman Lang December: Julie Gray

Reminder: one week from today

 Join me for a fun evening in Beit Shemesh at Keramikli.Paint on ceramics (optional) during a literary evening where I'm pleased to host two other Anglo-Israeli authors.When: 7:45 PM, open to the public. Where: 13 Ha'uman Beit Shemesh (Industrial area)I will be reading from newly released novel in stories White Zion.Julie Zuckerman will b...
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Meet me in Ottawa

meet-me-in-ottawa Ottawa Author Talks
I'm so excited to be reading at my alma matter Carleton University. The English Department has courteously invited me to be one of their readers at their Back to School event, the largest event of the year.  Current Schedule: September 16, JCC Library. Reading from White Zion, my new novel in stories from Cer...
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Latest Books

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

White Zion

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

Passport Control

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

King of the Class

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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