EVENT - "Zara Betzion" by Janice Rebibo
- EVENT - Celebration of "Zara Betzion" by Janice Rebibo
Janice Rebibo Introduces her New Book Zara Betzion
A Celebration of Poetry and Music on December 1 in Tel Aviv
Janice Rebibo, American-born Hebrew poet, will introduce her new book, Zara Betzion, at a celebration of poetry and music at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 1. The event, to be held at Tel Aviv�s Felicja Blumental Music Center , is open to the public and free of charge.
The book launching will feature Rebibo�s readings from the book and appearances by well-known singers, critics and other poets. Most of the program�s participants have become friends and collaborators with Rebibo since she made aliyah from the United States in 1987.
Zara Betzion is a collection of Rebibo�s poems written from 1984 to 2006. It includes three previously published books as well as new work in Hebrew and English. Her poetry reflects how she remains a foreigner in Zion although it is her chosen land.
At the book event, The Brothers & the Sisters folk group will perform songs from texts by Janice Rebibo and several modern Israeli poets (including Yehuda Amichai, Leah Goldberg and Ze�ev Jabotinsky). Susie Miller and Varda Sagi of the singing group will premier two songs based on two of Rebibo�s works set to music by composer Gidi Koren.
During the program, Koren will discuss Rebibo�s translation of Natan Yonatan�s poetry that he has also set to music. Rebibo recently translated a book (with CD) of Yonatan�s poetry into English including the hit songs Kmo Balada and Im Ha�olam.
Amos Levitan, the book�s editor, and Menahem Ben, literary critic, will discuss Rebibo�s work. Talma Zurawel, Hebrew language professor, will talk about the poet�s start in Hebrew literature. And Hospital Clown Madame Pomodoro will keep the participants in line.
Zara Betzion, published by Gvanim, is Rebibo�s fourth book of Hebrew poetry. Many of her poems have also appeared in Israel �s literary journals and newspaper supplements � ranging from Davar 22 years ago to Yedioth Ahronot and Maariv this fall. Using allusions, humor and eroticism, her poems show how relationships are shaped by language, culture, religion, and politics.
The gala event, honoring Rebibo�s poetry, will be held at the Felicja Blumental Music Center at 26 Bialik Street , Tel Aviv. All are welcome.