Ada Aharoni is an Israeli writer, poet and lecturer, whose works have won her international acclaim. She writes in English and Hebrew and has published twenty two books to date that have been translated into several languages. She believes that literature and culture can help in healing the urgent ailments of our global village, such as war and conflict, and the themes of peace and conflict resolution are major ones throughout her works.
She studied at London University, where she received her M. Phil. Degree on Henry Fielding, and at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where she was awarded a Ph.D. on: Saul Bellow's Introspective Fiction. Her first novel, The Second Exodus, was published in 1983, and To Alexandria, Jerusalem and Freedom appeared in 1985. Her historical novel From The Nile to The Jordan, was published in 1994; and in 1996 she published The Peace Flower, a fantasy for young and old, which has been compared to St. Exupery’s Little Prince. She is likewise one of the editors of the book: Saul Bellow: A Mosaic, that covers the First International Saul Bellow Conference, which she initiated and organized at Haifa University. Among her published books are eight collections of poems in Hebrew, English, French and Arabic, and two books of translations of Israeli poetry, including Shin Shalom’s New Poems. Ada Aharoni is the Editor-in-Chief of the Anthology: A Song to Life and to World Peace, as well as of the new Anthology: Waves of Peace (1997), dedicated to the memory of Yitzhak Rabin. She is also the founder and editor of the Literary Magazine Galim: Waves (1987-1997), and the electronic journals on the WWW Internet: Pave Peace: Conflict Resolution through Literature and Culture; and Poetry Israel: Lirit, featuring some of the best Israeli poets in English translation.
Among her many prizes and awards are: The British Council Award, the Keren Amos President Award, the Haifa and Bremen Prize, The World Academy of Arts and Culture Award, the Korean Gold Crown of World Poets Award, and the Rachel Prize. She is President of the World Congress of Poets XIII (Haifa, Israel, 1992), the International President of the Friends of Literature Organization, and founder and convener of PTLC the “Pave Peace Through Literature and Culture” commission of IPRA: the International Peace Research Association. In July 1997, she was awarded the Honorary Award of HSJE: The Historical Society of the Jews from Egypt., in Deal, New Jersey, for her “devoted and unmatched efforts to promote the history of the Jews from Egypt , through her visionary literature and poetry proclaiming peace in the world.”
Ada Aharoni has taught literature and sociology at the University of Haifa, and now teaches sociology and CR: conflict resolution, in the general studies department of the Technion in Haifa. She has been a guest lecturer and visiting professor at several American universities, and wrote the last version of Memoirs From Alexandria: Not In Your War Anymore, while on sabbatical at Penn State University, where she taught in Women's Studies, and in the STS Department: Science, Technology and Society.
Ada Aharoni lives on beautiful Mount Carmel in Haifa where she writes in the quieter moments of a busy literary, academic, and family life.
Books by Ada Aharoni:
- 1. Whispered Thoughts.Haifa Publications, Haifa, Israel, 1970.
- 2. Poems from Israel.Outposts, Surrey, England, 1972.
- 3. Poems from Israel and Other Poems.Berger Publications, Pittsburgh, PA, 1974.
- 4. Metal and Violets.Eked, Tel Aviv, Israel, 1978.
- 5. From the Pyramids to Mount Carmel.Eked, Tel Aviv, Israel, 1979.
- 6. The Second Exodus: A Historical Novel.Dorrance & Co. Bryn Mawr, PA, 1983. ISBN: 0-8059-2862-6.Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 82-90872.
- 7. Thea: To Alexandria, Jerusalem and Freedom.Dorrance & Co. Bryn Mawr, PA, 1984. ISBN: 0-8059-2922-3.Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 84-91127.
- 8. Shin Shalom: New Poems - A Bilingual Edition, edited and translated from Hebrew to English by Ada Aharoni.Eked: Tel Aviv, 1985. ISBN: 965-90139-4-9.
- 9. Saul Bellow: A Mosaic, ed. A. Aharoni, G. Cronin and L. Goldman; Peter Lang, N.Y., N.Y., 1992. ISBN: 0-8204-1572-3.
- 10. Selected Poems from Israel.Lachman, Haifa, 1992. ISBN: 965-90139-5-7
- 11. A Song to Life and to World Peace, ed. A. Aharoni et al. Posner and Sons, Jerusalem, 1993. ISBN 965-219-013-6.
- 12. From the Nile to the Jordan. Eked, Tel Aviv, Israel, 1994, 1997. ISBN: 965-90139-0-6.
- 13. Peace Flower: A Space Adventure.Lachman, Haifa, 1994, 1996. ISBN: 965-90139.
- 14. Memoirs from Alexandria: Not In Your War Anymore.Hatikhon, G. Farah, Shfar-Am, 1997. ISBN: 965-90139-2-2.
- 15. Galim Literary Magazine 1 - 7, edited Ada Aharoni, Tammuz, Tel-Aviv 1985- 1996.
- 16. Waves of Peace: In the Memory of Yitzhak Rabin, Galim 8, edited Ada Aharoni and Judith Zilbershtein, Hatikhon Publications, G. Farah, Shfar-Am, 1997. ISBN 965-222-774-9.
Note: Ada Aharoni has published 22 books to date. The above books appeared in English editions, the rest were published in Hebrew, French, and Arabic.
IFLAC: The International Friends of Literature and Culture Association for Paving Peace