Orly Castel-Bloom was born in Tel Aviv in 1960 to parents originally from Egypt. After studying film at the Beit Zvi Institut
Orly Castel-Bloom was born in Tel Aviv in 1960 to parents originally from Egypt. After studying film at the Beit Zvi Institute and Tel Aviv University, she published her first collection of stories in 1987 and has been a leading voice in Hebrew literature ever since. Her postmodern classic, Dolly City, has been included in UNESCO's Collection of Representative Works, and was nominated in 2007 one of the ten most important books since the creation of the State of Israel. In 2013, it was also listed by Tablet Magazine as one of the 101 Great Jewish Books in English translation. Her most recent book, An Egyptian Novel, was awarded the Sapir Prize (2015). Orly is brought to FLF courtesy of the Israeli Embassy.
 A one-on-one with Orly Castel-Bloom (Council Chamber)  Story building (Old School Hall)  A day in the life (Old School Hall)