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Etgar Keret, born in Ramat Gan in 1967, is a leading voice in Israeli literature and cinema. His writing has been published in The New York Times, Le Monde, The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Paris Review and Zoetrope. Keret resides in Tel Aviv and lectures at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev as a Full professor. He has received the Book Publishers Association’s Platinum Prize several times, the St. Petersburg Public Library’s Foreign Favorite Award and the Newman Prize. In 2010, Keret was honored in France with the decoration of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Lidia Morawska is Distinguished Professor at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, and the Director of the International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health at QUT, which is a Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organization on Research and Training in the field of Air Quality and Health. She conducts fundamental and applied research in the interdisciplinary field of air quality and its impact on human health and the environment, with a specific focus on science of airborne particulate matter. She is a physicist who received her doctorate at the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland and a recipient of numerous scientific awards.