A Room of One's Own

Tel Aviv Offers Writers Free Studios

Artists to get access to wifi, special books.

The Tel Aviv municipality will provide free work rooms for writers in two of the city's libraries as of next month, the city's libraries director Miriam Posner said Wednesday.

The Beit Ariela public library will allocate a room for writers to work in and an adjacent room with a professional library, which can also serve as a discussion room. The project, dubbed "island in the city" is intended for writers who reserve it in advance, Posner said.

"It's an especially charming room, small and quiet. We'll provide basic things like wifi and books that translators and editors need for their work, and we'll buy other books especially for them," Posner said. "We were going to charge a symbolic fee but it's going to be free in the experimental period."

A second initiative consists of adding a writer's studio to the existing one in the Shalom Tower library. The project, dubbed "a room of one's own," was launched last year in the former work room of the late poet, writer, playwright and translator Yaakov Cohen. This year the city will allocate two rooms in the Shalom Tower library for writers.

The writers who will use the rooms this year, for six months at a time, are Dikla Keidar, Sari Shavit, Nir Rachkovsky and Anat Levin. Last year the writers Kineret Rosenblum and Yaara Schori worked in the studio.

Scholarship winners

The National Library in Jerusalem has announced the winners of the Pardes scholarship program for young writers who have already published one book and are currently writing the second one. The scholarship consists of a monthly NIS 5,000 stipend (NIS 60,000 a year) for each writer.

The winners are Avigail Graetz ("A Rabbi's daughter,") Galit Dahan-Carlibach ("A Garden Locked Is My Sister My Bride"), Ayman Siksek ("To Jaffa") and Michal Pitovski ("Asphalt").

Eyal Toueg