Ram Oren (born Tel Aviv, 1936) is a popular Israeli author, notwithstanding the fact that he began writing books at a relatively advanced age. He began his journalistic career when he was 15, as a messenger boy for Yediot Aharonot. He advanced to editorship of important sections of the paper. He supplemented this work by studying law and working as a lawyer.
In 1994, he published his first book, Seduction. The book did not sell well at first, and was considered a commercial failure. Then Oren appeared on Dan Shilon's television show, the most popular Israeli talk show at the time. The appearance was a springboard for the book, which turned into one of Israel's most popular bestsellers ever. A movie adaptation was also successful.
Oren's success at the tills, almost unprecedented in Israeli publishing, led him to found a publishing house, Keshet, which publishes Oren's books as well as bestsellers by authors such as Shifra Horn, Irit Linoor, Shelly Yahimovich, and Koby Oz..
Oren's books are known for their fast pace and gripping plots. Since his first success, Oren tries to present a picture of various phenomena in the national culture. His books have been translated into several languages, including English and French. Most of his books are of the detective fiction genre. In 2002 his first book presenting a historical episode Latrun, was published, employing his compelling, readable style. In 2004 he published another book in this category, Target: Tel Aviv, which deals with the Egyptian Army's invasion of Israel in the War of Independence.
Oren will speak about his books, especially the new bestseller Gertruda's Oath, a true story, which will be published in August 2009.
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