Rafi Zabor

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Rafi Zabor
Born Joel Zaborovsky
(1946-08-22) August 22, 1946 (age 70)
Occupation novelist, music critic
Nationality United States
Notable works The Bear Comes Home
Notable awards PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
1998 The Bear Comes Home

Rafi Zabor (born Joel Zaborovsky,[1] August 22, 1946)[2] is a Brooklyn, New York–based music journalist- and musician-turned-novelist.

Life and work[edit]

A graduate of Brooklyn College, Zabor became a jazz critic for Musician in 1977, and later became an editor for the magazine.[3]

He received the 1998 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for his first novel, The Bear Comes Home, which follows an alto saxophonist – who happens to be a bear – in his pursuit of musical perfection.[4]

Zabor's second book, the memoir I, Wabenzi, was commercially unsuccessful and met with mixed critical response.[3]

In 2008, Zabor received an NEA Literature Fellowship.[3]

As of 2011, he was reportedly working on a new novel, to be titled The Bosphorus Dogs.[5]

Zabor is also a jazz drummer.[1][3]



  1. ^ a b Biederman, Marcia (July 19, 1998). "Who Is Rafi Zabor?". New York Times. New York City: The New York Times Company. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  2. ^ Rafi Zabor (August 22, 2008). "Updoc". Taintradio.org (Podcast). Retrieved 2008-08-23. 
  3. ^ a b c d Zabor, Rafi (2008). "NEA Writers' Corner: Rafi Zabor". National Endowment for the Arts. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  4. ^ Zabor, Rafi (April 13, 1998). "Literary Paws". NewsHour (Interview). Interview with Elizabeth Farnsworth. PBS. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  5. ^ http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/811557306/the-bosphorus-dogs-a-novel-by-rafi-zabor

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