December 21, 1968
Assaf Gavron, a writer and musician, is born in Arad to English immigrants.
Gavron spends his childhood in Motza Illit, near Jerusalem. He studies media and communication at Goldsmiths’ College in London and new media in Vancouver, British Columbia. He works as a journalist for several Israeli newspapers in the 1990s, and he publishes a collection of his fast-food columns in the book “Eating Standing Up” in 2009. His first novel, “Ice,” comes out in 1997. His 2003 novel, “Moving,” applies his research working as a mover in the United States. His other books include the novels “CrocAttack,” “Hydromania” and “The Hilltop” and the story collection “Sex in the Cemetery.” His awards include the Bernstein Prize, the Israeli Prime Minister’s Creative Award for Authors, the Geffen Award and the French Prix Courrier International.
Gavron is a singer and songwriter with the cult pop band The Foot and Mouth, which begins releasing albums every six years in 1989. He works as the creative director of an Israeli high-tech company, Valis, from 2000 to 2004 and is the head writer of the video game “Peacemaker.” He teaches creative writing at universities in Israel and the United States. He leads a soccer team of Israeli writers.
The Tel Aviv resident also is known for his translations of English-language fiction into Hebrew, including works by Philip Roth, J.D. Salinger and Jonathan Safran Foer