The Koffler Centre of the Arts is a multidisciplinary arts organization and an independent not-for-profit based in Jewish culture. They engage in dialogue through contemporary arts that have local, national and international resonance. Koffler joins with the IFOA again this year to host an event featuring author Assaf Gavron, who will discuss his most recent work, The Hilltop, in which he masterfully uses fiction to deconstruct the extreme and absurd reality of day-to-day life in a West Bank settlement. Jessica Wyman interviews.
Assaf Gavron is the author of seven books, and his fiction has been translated into 10 languages. He has won the Israeli Prime Minister’s Creative Award for Authors, the Buch für die Stadt in Germany and the Prix Courrier International in France. The son of English immigrants, he grew up in a small village near Jerusalem and currently lives in Tel Aviv. Gavron presents his Bernstein Prize–winning novel, The Hilltop, which grapples with one of the most charged geo-political issues of our time and skewers the complex, often absurd reality of life in Israel.
Jessica Wyman is a professor in the faculties of Art, Liberal Arts & Sciences and Graduate Studies at OCAD University in Toronto. She has worked as an art critic for more than 20 years, publishing in international art magazines and journals, and has an occasional curatorial practice.