Vine Awards announced

Pumpkinflowers was chosen as the winner of the Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature in the history category. The awards were presented by the Koffler Center for the Arts at a ceremony in Toronto this week. More from the CBC here....

Distant Cousins (Jewish Review of Books)

A short essay on a striking turn to Israel in American Jewish fiction this year, from the latest Jewish Review of Books: Distant Cousins Reading novels published in the last year by some of America’s best Jewish writers, I found myself struck by a recurring character—Israel. That...

Washington Post review of “Kingdom of Olives and Ash”

A review (The Washington Post, June 23, 2017)  of a new collection of essays about the Israeli occupation of the West Bank: What happens when famous novelists ‘confront the Occupation’ in the West Bank By Matti Friedman Last year, the American novelists Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman and Dave Eggers led...

Upcoming speaking dates in the US (May 2017)

A few speaking dates coming up -- for more details click on the date: May 8, 2017: Philadelphia. Jewish Community Services Building, 6:30 p.m.  A conversation with Middle East historian Asaf Romirowsky. May 9: Washington, DC. New America (740 15th St NW), 6 p.m. A discussion with Douglas...

“Pumpkinflowers” in Hebrew

"Pumpkinflowers" was published in Hebrew last week by Dvir, an imprint of Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan. The Hebrew title is דלעת: מוצב אחד בלבנון, or "Pumpkin: One Outpost in Lebanon." ...

Foreign Affairs, Best of 2016

"Pumpkinflowers" is on the Foreign Affairs list of the best books of 2016, one of three in the "military, scientific, and technological" category. The list is here....

2017 Taylor Prize shortlist

"Pumpkinflowers" has been chosen as one of five finalists for the 2017 Taylor Prize for Canadian non-fiction. The five are: Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier's Story of a Forgotten War by Matti Friedman Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World by Marc Raboy This Is Not My Life: A...

Mother Jones: 20 Notable Reads of 2016

Mother Jones includes "Pumpkinflowers" on its year-end list of 20 recommended books, describing it like this: "This is a 21st-century war story, with all of the IEDs, propaganda videos, jihadi groups we're accustomed to—but one told in the restrained, introspective style of the World War I writers...