Chanan Tigay


Chanan Tigay is the author of The Lost Book of Moses: The Hunt for the World’s Oldest Bible (Ecco/HarperCollins), along with a number of other works of nonfiction, including “The Special Populations Unit: Arab Soldiers in Israel’s Army” (McSweeney’s) and “Nuclear Meltdown,”about a California nuclear facility built on four active fault lines. In April he starred in the two-hour History Channel special, “The God Code.” He was awarded the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism’s Investigative Reporting Fellowship, where he reported on Israel’s opposition to the Iranian nuclear program. His journalism has appeared in publications including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, GQ, Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, New York magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle and The Jerusalem Post. Among other postings, he has covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the Jerusalem bureau of Agence France-Presse; the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the church abuse scandals for AFP’s New York bureau; and the United Nations for The Jerusalem Report magazine. He has interviewed leading policy makers including Hillary Clinton and John McCain along with Israeli Prime Ministers Ehud Olmert and Shimon Peres, and most recently profiled Los Angeles Mayor and potential presidential candidate Eric Garcetti. He is associate professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University.