Richard Zimler
Richard Zimler is a best-selling author of fiction. His books, which have earned him a 1994 National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Fiction and the 1998 Herodotus Award, have been published in many countries and translated into more than 20 languages. He has a bachelor's degree in Comparative Religion from Duke University
Duke University
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 and a master's degree in Journalism from Stanford University
Stanford University
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. Zimler lives in Porto
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, Portugal
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, and was a Professor of Journalism at the University of Porto
University of Porto
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 and College of Journalism for 16 years. He has been a naturalized Portuguese citizen since 2002.

Richard Zimler received the 2009 Alberto Benveniste literary prize in France for his novel Guardian of the Dawn. The prize is given to novels that have to do with Sephardic Jewish culture or history. It was awarded to him at a ceremony at the Sorbonne
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 in January 2009.

Three of Zimler's novels - Hunting Midnight, The Search for Sana and The Seventh Gate - have been nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
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, the richest prize in the English-Speaking world.

Zimler has also edited an anthology of short stories for which all the author's royalties go to Save the Children
Save the Children
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, the largest children's rights organization in the world. The anthology is entitled The Children's Hours. Participating authors include
Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood
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, Nadine Gordimer
Nadine Gordimer
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, André Brink
André Brink
André Philippus Brink, OIS, is a South African novelist. He writes in Afrikaans and English and is a Professor of English at the University of Cape Town....

, Markus Zusak
Markus Zusak
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, David Almond
David Almond
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, Katherine Vaz
Katherine Vaz
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, Alberto Manguel
Alberto Manguel
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, Eva Hoffman
Eva Hoffman
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, Junot Díaz
Junot Díaz
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, Uri Orlev
Uri Orlev
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 and Ali Smith
Ali Smith
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In 2009, Zimler wrote and acted in The Slow Mirror, a short movie based on one of his stories. Directed by Swedish-Portuguese filmmaker Solveig Nordlund
Solveig Nordlund
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, the short stars Portuguese actors Gracinda Nave and Marta Peneda. In May 2010, it won the Best Drama award from the New York Downtown Short Film Festival.

His most recent novel, The Warsaw Anagrams, was chosen as 2009 Book of the Year by the main Portuguese book magazine Ler and by the country's high school teachers and students (the 2010 Mariquis de Ouro prize). It was also chosen as one of the 20 Best Books of the Decade 2000-2009 by the country's foremost daily newspaper, Público. In August of 2011, the San Francisco Chronicle
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 described the book as follows: "Equal parts riveting, heartbreaking, inspiring and intelligent, this mystery set in the most infamous Jewish ghetto of World War II deserves a place among the most important works of Holocaust literature."

In August of 2011, Zimler published his first book of poetry: Love's Voice: 72 Kabbalistic Haiku. The verses in the book express Jewish mystical ideas and imagery in the form of haiku
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Selected works

  • The Warsaw Anagrams (February, 2011)
  • The Seventh Gate (February, 2007)
  • The Search for Sana (June, 2005)
  • Guardian of the Dawn (February, 2005)
  • Hunting Midnight (July, 2003)
  • The Angelic Darkness (September, 1998)
  • The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon (April, 1996)
  • Unholy Ghosts (1996)

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