Adina Hoffman


Adina Hoffman is the author of House of Windows: Portraits from a Jerusalem Neighborhood (Steerforth Press and Broadway Books) and My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness: A Poet’s Life in the Palestinian Century (Yale University Press). A biography of Taha Muhammad Ali, My Happiness was named one of the best twenty books of 2009 by the Barnes & Noble Review and won the UK’s 2010 Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize. She is also the author, with Peter Cole, of Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza (Schocken / Nextbook), which was awarded the American Library Association’s Brody Medal for the Jewish Book of the Year. Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architects of a New City has just been published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. She is currently writing a short biography of Ben Hecht for Yale University Press’s Jewish Lives series.

Hoffman’s essays and criticism have appeared in the Nation, the Washington Post, the TLS, RaritanBookforum, the Boston Globe, New York Newsday, Tin House, and on the World Service of the BBC. She is formerly a film critic for the American Prospect and the Jerusalem Post and has been a visiting professor at Wesleyan University, Middlebury College, and NYU, as well as the Franke Fellow at Yale’s Whitney Humanities Center. The recipient of a 2011 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, she was named one of the inaugural (2013) winners of the Windham Campbell prize. She lives in Jerusalem and New Haven.