Evan Fallenberg

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Evan Fallenberg
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Born (1961-08-08) 8 August 1961 (age 58)
Cleveland, Ohio
EducationGeorgetown University
Notable worksLight Fell, " When we Danced on Water","The Parting Gift"
Notable awards"Stonewall Book Award" "Barbara Gittings Literature Award"

Evan Fallenberg (born August 8, 1961 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American-born writer residing in Israel. His debut novel Light Fell, published in 2008, won the Stonewall Book Award[1] and the Edmund White Award, and was a shortlisted Lambda Literary Award nominee for Gay Debut Fiction at the 21st Lambda Literary Awards.[2] His second novel, When We Danced on Water, was published in 2011 by HarperPerennial, and his third, The Parting Gift, by Other Press in 2018.[3] He has also published English translations of several Israeli writers, including Ron Leshem and Batya Gur.[4]


Originally from Cleveland, Ohio,[5] he was educated at Georgetown University. He also studied in Switzerland, worked in Japan and settled in Israel in 1985. He holds a BSFS in diplomacy from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

He currently teaches creative writing and literary translation at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel,[5] and is faculty co-director of the International low-residency MFA program in Creative Writing & Literary Translation at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Fallenberg recently renovated an ancient home in Acre as a writer's retreat.[6] and opened Arabesque, an Arts and Residency Center in the heart of Old Acre, Israel, in 2016.[7]

Fallenberg has served as a judge or advisor to a number of prize juries, including the Sami Rohr Prize and the Galtelli Literary Awards. He has received fellowships for residencies from the MacDowell Colony, the National Endowment for the Arts (at Vermont Studio Center), Fondation Ledig-Rowohlt (at Chateau de Lavigny, Switzerland), Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), Hannesarholt and Gunnarshus in Iceland, and Sun Yat-sen University of China, and has taken part in conferences and festivals around the globe.



  • The Parting Gift, New York : Other Press, 2018. ISBN 9781590519431, OCLC 1016377533
  • Light Fell New York: Soho, 2008. ISBN 9781569475362, OCLC 216936811 [8]
  • When We Danced on Water, New York: Harper Perennial, 2011. ISBN 9780062033321, OCLC 670476288[9]

Translated works[edit]

  • Mishka Ben David, Duet in Beirut (Overlook Press, 2015) [10]
  • Meir Shalev, My Russian Grandmother’s American Vacuum Cleaner (Pantheon, 2011)[11]
  • Meir Shalev, A Pigeon and a Boy (Schocken, 2007);[12] winner of the National Jewish Book Award and a PEN Translation Prize (runner up)
  • Ron Leshem, Beaufort (US: Delacorte, UK: Harvill Secker, 2008);[13] 2nd Prize, Times Literary Supplement Risa Domb/Porjes Prize for the Translation of Hebrew Literature
  • Alon Hilu, Death of a Monk (Harvill Secker/Random House UK, 2006) [14]
  • Alon Hilu, The House of Rajani (Harvill Secker/ Random House UK, 2010)
  • Batya Gur, Murder in Jerusalem (HarperCollins, 2006) [15]

Translated novellas[edit]

  • Gilad Evron, The Falcon (Granta, 2005) [16]

Translated nonfiction works[edit]

  • Yair Lapid, Memories After My Death (E&T Books, 2010) )[17]

Translated plays[edit]

  • Hanoch Levin, The Thin Soldier (2019, with Jessica Cohen)
  • Hanoch Levin, The Child Dreams (2019, with Jessica Cohen)
  • Hanoch Levin, The Lamenters (2019, with Jessica Cohen)
  • Hanoch Levin, Walkers in the Dark (2019, with Jessica Cohen)
  • Hanoch Levin, Krum (2019, with Jessica Cohen)
  • Gilad Evron, Only Language Remains (2007)[16]
  • Gilad Evron, Ulysses on Bottles (2010) )[18]
  • Roni Pinkovitch, Tea (2007) [16]
  • Roi Rashkes, Moving (2006) [16]

Translated screenplays[edit]

  • Savi Gabizon, Longing (2012) [16]
  • Adir Miller, House of Brown (2013) [16]
  • Reshef Levi, Hunting Elephants; The Arbitrator (2014) [16]

Translated libretti[edit]

  • Yonatan Levi, The Sleeping Thousand (2018)
  • Lior Navok, The Little Mermaid (2008) [16]
  • Lior Navok, Pinocchio (2009) [16]


Won/ Shortlisted[edit]

  • American Library Association's Barbara Gittings Stonewall Book Award for Literature
  • Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction; the National Jewish Book Award in fiction
  • Lambda Literary Award for Debut Fiction
  • Samuel Goldberg Foundation Prize for Jewish Fiction by Emerging Writers
  • Harold U. Ribalow Award
  • PEN Translation Prize
  • Times Literary Supplement of London Risa Domb/Porjes Prize for Translation of Hebrew Literature.


  1. ^ "Library Association announces 2009 Stonewall Book Awards". The Empty Closet, April 2009.
  2. ^ "21st Annual Lambda Literary Awards". Lambda Literary Foundation, February 18, 2010.
  3. ^ "Intense Psycho-Dancing. The Forward, July 13, 2011.
  4. ^ "Off the map? Israel’s English-language writers wonder where they fit in". The Times of Israel, May 17, 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Author awarded residency". Cleveland Jewish News, September 18, 2015.
  6. ^ "An ancient Acre home becomes a writer’s residence". The Times of Israel, November 24, 2015.
  7. ^ "Arabesque in Acre - ערבסק בעכו - Arts and Residency Center in Old Akko". www.arabesqueinacre.com.
  8. ^ "Fiction Book Review: Light Fell by Evan Fallenberg, Author . Soho $22 (229p) ISBN 978-1-56947-467-9".
  9. ^ "Fiction Book Review: When We Danced on Water by Evan Fallenberg. Harper Perennial, $14.99 trade paper (272p) ISBN 978-0-06-203332-1".
  10. ^ "Fiction Book Review: Duet in Beirut by Mishka Ben-David, trans. from the Hebrew by Evan Fallenberg. Overlook, $26.95 (288p) ISBN 978-1-4683-1020-7".
  11. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner: A Family Memoir by Meir Shalev, trans. from the Hebrew by Evan Fallenberg. Schocken, $24.95 (224p) ISBN 978-0-8052-4287-4".
  12. ^ "Fiction Book Review: A Pigeon and a Boy by Meir Shalev, Author, Evan Fallenberg, Translator , trans. from the Hebrew by Evan Fallenberg. Schocken $25 (320p) ISBN 978-0-8052-4251-5".
  13. ^ "Fiction Book Review: Beaufort by Ron Leshem, Author, Evan Fallenberg, Translator Delacorte Press $24 (368p) ISBN 978-0-553-80682-3".
  14. ^ "Book Reviews, Bestselling Books & Publishing Business News - Publishers Weekly".
  15. ^ "Fiction Book Review: Murder in Jerusalem: A Michael Ohayon Mystery by Batya Gur, Author, Evan Fallenberg, Translator , trans. from the Hebrew by Evan Fallenberg. HarperCollins $24.95 (388p) ISBN 978-0-06-085293-1".
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Fallenberg Evan - Department of English Literature and Linguistics - Bar-Ilan University". english.biu.ac.il.
  17. ^ "Esra Magazine - Memories after my death: The Joseph (Tommy) Lapid Story - A Review". esra-magazine.com.
  18. ^ "Promising debut for Israeli Stage with 'Ulysses on Bottles' - The Boston Globe".

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