Ayelet Tsabari‘s (איילת צברי) debut story collection The Best Place on Earth, won the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, and the Edward Lewis Wallant Award. The book was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, was nominated for The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and has been published internationally to great acclaim.
Ayelet was born in Israel to a large family of Yemeni descent. She grew up in a suburb of Tel Aviv, served in the Israeli army, and travelled extensively throughout South East Asia, Europe and North America. In 1998 Ayelet moved to Vancouver, Canada, where she studied film and photography in Capilano University’s Media Program. She directed two documentary films, one of which won an award at the Palm Spring International Short Film Festival.
She wrote her first story in English in 2006.
Ayelet’s memoir, The Art of Leaving, is forthcoming in 2019 with HarperCollins Canada and Random House US. Excerpts from the book have won a National Magazine Award, a Western Magazine Award, an Edna Staebler Award. In 2014, she was awarded a Chalmers Arts Fellowship. A graduate of Simon Fraser University’s Writer’s Studio, and the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph, Ayelet teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto‘s School of Continuing Education.