Tehran Noir | Tel Aviv Noir

November 5, 2014

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Each installment of Akashic Books’ award-winning Noir series features a collection of short stories set in a distinct neighborhood or city. Tehran Noir and Tel Aviv Noir are the latest books in the series, and they’re full of compelling stories that explore these cities through an illuminating range of perspectives and voices. Two authors from each of the anthologies—Etgar Keret, Gina Nahai, Salar Abdoh, and Assaf Gavron—come together to share stories of life in their native locales, in a conversation moderated by Rick Moody. 

ETGAR KERET was born in Tel Aviv in 1967. He is the author of five collections of short stories, three children’s books, and three graphic novels. His writing has been published in the New Yorker, Zoetrope, and the Paris Review. His books have been translated into 34 languages and published in over 38 countries. In 2007, Keret and Shira Geffen won the Cannes Film Festival’s Caméra d’Or Award for their movie Jellyfish. In 2010, Keret received the Chevalier Medallion of France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He is the coeditor of Tel Aviv Noir.

GINA B. NAHAI is a best-selling author, columnist, and full-time lecturer at USC’s Master of Professional Writing Program. Her novels have been translated into 18 languages, and have been selected as "Best Books of the Year" by the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has also been a finalist for the Orange Prize, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the Harold U. Ribalow Prize, and has won the Los Angeles Arts Council Award, the Persian Heritage Foundation’s Award, the Simon Rockower Award, and the Phi Kappa Phi Award. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles magazine, Publishers Weekly, the Huffington Post, and she writes a monthly column for the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. The Luminous Heart of Jonah S. is her latest novel.

SALAR ABDOH was born in Iran, and splits his time between Tehran and New York City, where he is co-director of the Creative Writing MFA Program at the City College of New York. He is the author of The Poet Game and Opium. His essays and short stories have appeared in various publications, including the New York Times, BOMB, Callaloo, Guernica, and on the BBC. He is the recipient of the NYFA Prize and the National Endowment for the Arts award. He is the editor of Tehran Noir and the author of Tehran at Twilight, his latest novel. 

ASSAF GAVRON is an Israeli writer and translator. He is the author of five novels and a short story collection. His fiction has been translated to many languages and adapted to the stage and cinema. He is the winner of several awards including the Israeli Prime Minister’s Creative Award for Authors, Buch für die Stadt in Germany, and Prix Courrier International in France. Gavron is responsible for the highly regarded Hebrew translations of J.D. Salinger’s Nine Stories, Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint, and Jonathan Safran Foer’s novels. He is the co-editor of Tel Aviv Noir.

RICK MOODY's first novel, Garden State, was the winner of the 1991 Pushcart Editor's Choice Award; his second novel, The Ice Storm, was adapted for film and directed by Ang Lee. His short fiction and journalism have been anthologized in Best American Stories 2001, Best American Essays 2004, and Year’s Best Science Fiction #9. He is the recipient of The Paris Review’s Aga Khan Award, the Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Guggenheim fellowship. Moody serves on the board of Archipelago Books, and is the former secretary of the PEN American Center. He is a co-founder of the Young Lions Fiction Award at The New York Public Library. 

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