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Young American Author Dara Horn To Receive 2007 Ribalow Prize

Genever McBain

(New York, NY -- November 13, 2007) -- Dara Horn, author of The World to Come, is the winner of the 2007 Harold U. Ribalow Prize, it was announced today by Hadassah Magazine, which administers the award. Given annually during Jewish Book Month to an author who has written an outstanding work of fiction on a Jewish theme, the prize will be presented on Tuesday, November 20, in New York City.

This year’s panel of judges included Elie Wiesel, N. Scott Momaday, and last year’s Ribalow recipient, Tamar Yellin, author of The Genizah at the House of Shepher. The award was established in 1983 to honor the memory of Harold U. Ribalow, an editor, author and anthologist. Recent winners have included Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Everything is Illuminated; and Myla Goldberg, author of Bee Season, two writers whose books were later released as movies; and Jenna Blum, author of Those Who Save Us.

Keynote speaker for this year’s Ribalow ceremony, to be held at the Players’ Club, is Samuel Freedman, writer and professor of Journalism at Columbia University.

The World to Come is based on the true story of an art heist from New York’s Jewish Museum. Horn uses the theft of a Chagall painting as a portal into one family’s fictional history that, much like Chagall’s artwork, illustrates a range of emotional relationships from the tragic to the fanciful.

Dara Horn received her Ph.D. in comparative literature from Harvard University in 2006, studying Hebrew and Yiddish. Her first novel, In the Image, published by W.W. Norton when she was 25, received a 2003 National Jewish Book Award, the 2002 Edward Lewis Wallant Award, and the 2003 Reform Judaism Fiction Prize. Her second novel, The World to Come, published by W.W. Norton in January 2006, received the 2006 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, and was selected as an Editor's Choice in The New York Times Book Review and as one of the Best Books of 2006 by The San Francisco Chronicle. It has been translated into eleven languages. In 2007, Horn was chosen by Granta magazine as one of the Best Young American Novelists. She lives with her husband, daughter and son in New York City.

For attendance information, please contact Hadassah Magazine at (212) 451-6289 or magazine@hadassah.org.

Date: 11/13/2007 12:00:00 AM

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