Ron Leshem (33), is a native of Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv. His novel BEAUFORT won the Sapir Prize – Israel’s top literary award – for 2006, as well as the Yitzhak Sadeh Prize for military literature.
From 1998 to 2002 Leshem served on the editorial board of Yediot Ahronot newspaper. Among his most notable achievements there was a series of articles from the field about the Intifada that gained widespread public attention. In 2002 he became deputy editor of Maariv newspaper and in 2006 joined the Channel Two television station as deputy director in charge of programming and special projects.
BEAUFORT is Ron Leshem’s first book. Joseph Cedar (“Time of Favor,” "Campfire”), is the recipient of the Silver Bear for his direction of the film version of BEAUFORT at the Berlin Film Festival 2007.
At present, Leshem is at work on his second novel. [from ronleshem.com]