The author of numerous novels, short stories, essays, plays, and non-fiction and childrens books, David Grossman has, since the publication of his first story, Donkeys, in 1979, garnered many awards and honors for his masterfully wrought and singularly compelling prose. These include the Prime Ministers Prize for Creative Work (1984); the Chavalier de lOrdre des Artes et des Lettres (France); the Valumbrosa Prize, Premio Mondelo, and Vittorio de Sica Prize (Italy); the Marsh Award for Childrens Literature in Translation (United Kingdom), and the Har Zion Prize, Sapir Prize, and Emet Prize for Arts, Science and Culture (Israel; at the presentation of the latter in the Jerusalem Theatre in 2007, Grossman refused to shake hands with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert or Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch).
From his early works, Grossman has acknowledged a love for Yiddish literature and the works of Franz Kafka and Heinrich Böll. His novels and non-fiction have dealt with all manner of themes: the Holocaust, Arab/Jewish relations, life on the West Bank (e.g., The Smile of the Lamb, 1983 later made into a film directed by Shimon Dotan; and his non-fiction The Yellow Wind, 1987) even, as in his 2000 novel, Someone to Run With, Jerusalems vagrants, drug addicts, and runaways.
David Grossman's visit to Claremont McKenna College is sponsored by the Family of Benjamin Z. Gould Center for Humanistic Studies.