University of Arizona Campus  •  March 2 - 3, 2019  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Matti Friedman


Deanna Evenchik-Brav

Matti Friedman's 2016 book "Pumpkinflowers" was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book and as one of Amazon's 10 Best Books of the Year. It was selected as one of the year's best by Booklist, Mother Jones, Foreign Affairs, the National Post and the Globe and Mail. His first book, "The Aleppo Codex," won the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize, the ALA's Sophie Brody Medal, and the Canadian Jewish Book Award for history. A former Associated Press correspondent, Friedman has reported from Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Moscow, the Caucasus and Washington D.C. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Washington Post and elsewhere. Friedman grew up in Toronto and now lives with his family in Jerusalem.

His new book is "Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel."

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Scheduled events:
Obsessions and Consequences
Three non-fiction authors address how obsessions affect the lives of those obsessed and the consequences that unravel. One book is about Israeli spies posing as Arabs and their successful and tragic results, another is about a physician obsessed by anger toward a colleague and the third is about a fossil collector obsessed with gaining fame and wealth.

Integrated Learning Center Room 130 (Seats 143, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
True Crime
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: A.J. Flick, Matti Friedman, Paige Williams
Moderator: Beverly Tobiason
Spies of No Country
Journalist Matti Friedman has reported from Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Moscow, the Caucasus and Washington D.C. Join him for an inside look at the mysterious "Arab Section": the Jewish-"Arab" spies.

Student Union Tucson Room (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Multigenre
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Matti Friedman
Moderator: Paul Cunningham

Books:
Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel
Military
Algonquin Books
March 2019
ISBN 9781616207229
272 pages
$26.95, INSTORE
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"The story of a ragtag unit known as the Arab Section, which was conceived in Palestine during World War II by British spies and Jewish militia leaders, and which eventually became the nucleus of the Mossad, Israel's vaunted intelligence agency"--

Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier's Story
Military
Algonquin Books
April 2017
ISBN 9781616206918
272 pages
$16.95, INSTORE
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Award-winning writer Matti Friedman re-creates the experience of a band of Israeli soldiers charged with holding a remote outpost in Lebanon during an unnamed war that foreshadowed the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere.

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Arizona Office Technologies
Arizona Wholesale Supply
Marshall Foundation

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