News in Brief

Singer Ninet Tayeb will represent Israel at the MTV television network's Europe Music Awards ceremony on November 5th in Berlin. Tayeb was chosen in a poll conducted on the MTV Web site and will compete in the "best act" category. The ceremony will be hosted by American singer Katie Perry. Tayeb was the winner of the first season of "Kokhav Nolad," the Israeli equivalent of "American Idol." Her second CD, from which singles have already been released, is due to go on sale soon. Beginning today, on MTV's local and international Web sites, viewers can vote for the Israeli entry. (Noya Kohavi)

The Cameri Theater's production of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" won rave reviews and an enthusiastic reception from audiences at a Shakespeare festival in this city last week. The Cameri's performance marked 20 years since the renewal of diplomatic relations with Moscow. Israeli Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat and her Russian counterpart were both in attendance. One Russian critic called the Israeli theater's production "simply excellent," adding that "the story was produced as if it were happening here and now." The play will be staged next year in Poznan, Poland. (Zipi Shohat)

Assaf Gavron was awarded the 2009 Geffen Prize for an Israeli science fiction or fantasy novel at a ceremony last week. He received the award for his book "Hydromania" (in Hebrew) published by Kinneret-Zmora-Bitan. The award, together with several others for science fiction and fantasy writing and translation, is sponsored by the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy. The prizes were presented as part of the ICon convention held in Tel Aviv. (Maya Sela)