Ayelet Tsabari was born in Israel to a large family of Yemeni descent. Her first book, The Best Place on Earth, (HarperCollins) won the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the Edward Lewis Wallant Award. The book was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, a Kirkus Review best book of 2016, and has been published internationally. Her nonfiction appeared in The New York Times, The National Post, The Forward and Granta. Excerpts from her forthcoming memoir, The Art of Leaving have won a National Magazine Award, a Western Magazine Award, and an Edna Staebler award.