Tsipi Keller was born in Prague, raised in Israel, studied in Paris, and has been living in the U.S. since 1974. Novelist and translator and the author of ten books, she is the recipient of several literary awards, including National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowships, New York Foundation for the Arts Fiction grants, and an Armand G. Erpf Translation Award from Columbia University. Her short stories and novel excerpts have appeared in journals and anthologies in the U.S. and in Europe (in German and Romanian translations). Her fiction is often characterized as literary and urban/noir.
This is it, then, the festivities, the high color, the bewildered spark of crowds. It's not what I've expected, but it'll do. I'm lucky to be here, I was invited, I didn't have to beg. That's one thing I'll never do, I'll never beg.