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In Conversation with Matti Friedman

with David Bezmozgis

Mar 10 2019, 2:30PM to 4:00PM in the Michael & Mary Ellen Herman Banquet Hall.
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Matti Friedman comes to Toronto!

Beth Tzedec and Holy Blossom present Matti Friedman, journalist and award-winning author of Pumpkinflowers, in his only public Canadian appearance for the much-anticipated release of his latest book, Spies of No Country: Behind Enemy Lines at the Birth of the Israeli Secret Service. This program will be presented as a conversation with award-winning writer and filmmaker David Bezmozgis.

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Matti Friedman is a Toronto-born, Israel-based, award-winning author and journalist.

His 2016 book Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story of a Forgotten War was chosen as a New York Times’ Notable Book and as one of Amazon’s 10 best books of the year. Pumpkinflowers was selected as one of the year’s best by Booklist, Mother Jones, Foreign Affairs, the National Post, and the Globe and Mail. It won the 2017 Vine Award for Canadian Jewish literature and the Canadian Jewish Literary Award for memoir, and was shortlisted for the 2017 RBC Taylor Prize, the Writer’s Trust Prize, and the Yitzhak Sadeh Prize for military writing (Israel). 

Matti’s first book, The Aleppo Codex, an investigation into the strange fate of an ancient Bible manuscript, won the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize, the ALA’s Sophie Brody Medal, and the Canadian Jewish Book Award for history. It was translated into seven languages.

A former Associated Press correspondent, Matti’s work as a reporter has taken him from Israel to Lebanon, Morocco, Moscow, the Caucasus and Washington, DC, and his writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Tablet Magazine, and elsewhere.Two essays he wrote about media coverage of Israel after the 2014 Gaza war, for Tablet and The Atlantic, triggered intense discussion and have been shared on Facebook more than 130,000 times.

He was born in Toronto and lives in Jerusalem with his family.

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