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."