Other prominent authors expected to arrive for the festival are Howard Jacobson (winner of the Booker prize for "The Finkler Question") and Aleksandar Hemon ("The Lazarus Project").
The festival, which will be held from May 13 to 18 in Jerusalem's Mishkenot Sha'ananim neighborhood, will be attended by writers from Israel and abroad who will take part in literary meetings, workshops and discussions on the many aspects of literary writing, the process of creating a story, translation and bridging cultural gaps.
Other guests include Gary Shteyngart from the United States ("Super Sad True Love Story," "Absurdistan," " The Russian Debutante's Handbook"), Gerard Donovan of Ireland ("Julius Winsome"), Lorenza Mazzetti of Italy ("The Sky Falls"), Claudia Piñeiro of Argentina ("Thursday Night Widows"), and Boualem Sansal of Algeria ("Le Village de l'allemand").
The Israeli novelists who have already confirmed their participation include David Grossman, A. B. Yehoshua, Aharon Appelfeld, Eli Amir, Eshkol Nevo, Etgar Keret, Zeruya Shalev, Yochi Brandes, Dorit Rabinyan, Alon Hilu, Nir Baram, Haggai Linik and others.
The festival will also include music and theater events, as well as the screening of a unique series of film adaptations of books written by some of the participating authors.