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Ayelet Tsabari

Ayelet Tsabari

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Ayelet Tsabari was born and raised in Israel and now lives in Toronto. She is the author of The Best Place on Earth, (HarperCollins, 2013,) winner of the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the Edward Lewis Wallant Award. The book was  New York Times Book Review's Editors Choice And Kirkus Review Best Book. She is a National Magazine Awards winner, and a Western Magazine Award winner. A graduate of Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University and the MFA program at Guelph University,, she teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Education. 



The Best Place on Earth. HarperColllins, 2013
The Art of Leaving. HarperCollins, 2019
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Description

Some of the topics I can cover: The writing process and the 'rules of writing' and why we should break them, writing in a second language, writing about Israel, writing about Mizrahi Jewish culture, writing about conflict and wars and my experience in the mandatory army service. 

Presentation Length:
Up to 2 hours
Fiction, Creative Non-fiction
Audience Size:
Workshop Description:

Introduction to creative non-fiction,

Writing about place

Submitting to literary magazines and contests.

Equity Initiative

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  • Black, Indigenous, and/or racialized