Edeet Ravel was born on an Israeli kibbutz. By the time she was six, she knew that she was destined to become a writer and hoped that one day she would write a book as good as Alice in Wonderland, which her father read to her every afternoon. With this goal in mind, she wrote over ten books for children and adults before she finally sent one out to publishers.
Edeet is the author of three award-winning, internationally acclaimed novels on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Ten Thousand Lovers was translated into several languages and was the recipient of many literary distinctions, including a nomination for the Governor General’s Award. Look for Me won the Hugh MacLennan Prize. A Wall of Light was a finalist for the Giller Award and the Regional Commonwealth Prize, and also won the Jewish Book Award of Canada and the I. J. Segal Award. The Saver, for young adults, follows the successful Pauline btw series for middle grade readers, which was selected for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books, OLA Best Bets, and the Canadian Children’s Book Centre Choice. Edeet’s novel, Your Sad Eyes and Unforgettable Mouth, was selected for the “Globe 100” list of top books of the year.
Held (2011) began as a dream. When Edeet woke up, she went straight to her computer and typed it out, even though it was 4 a.m. It took her thirteen years, though, to write a version that she was happy with. Only one sentence survived all the versions (there were over a hundred): “It would look that way and it would be that way.” The biggest change in the novel came after the events of 9/11. The world had changed in some ways, and so did her story. She is glad that she took her time with this book since it finally became what it was meant to be.
Edeet holds a PhD in Jewish Studies from McGill University. She has taught Creative Writing, English, Hebrew and Jewish Literature, and Literature of the Holocaust. She currently resides in Guelph, Ontario, with her daughter