I’m Ari Goelman.  I write fantasy novels.  Stories, too.

My first novel, The Path of Names was published by Arthur A. Levine in May, 2013.  It’s a middle grade fantasy set at a  summer camp, a kind of combination murder mystery / ghost story / ‘why did my parents make me go to summer camp?’ story.  I went to summer camp for many years, but this is not based on my personal experiences.  I never saw any ghosts, notwithstanding my heartfelt desire, and numerous experiments with a Ouija board when I was 11.

The Path of Names was a Parent’s Choice Silver Honor Award Winner, a Chocolate Lily Award Winner, a Junior Library Guild Selection and shortlisted for the B.C. Book Prize and the Sunburst Award.  You can read more about all this, and what other people have said about The Path of Names if you hit the link above titled ‘Reviews /Awards.’   Or just click here.

You can read more about a whole variety of interesting things on my blog which I will someday start updating more frequently.  Probably.

Click on the ‘sign me up’ button to the right, if you’d like to stay up to date about publication news.  If you want to contact me, you can leave a comment right here.

If you want to read some of my previously published stories go here.

Here’s some boilerplate about how terrific I am.  It’s written in the 3rd person, so obviously it was written by some disinterested third party, concerned only with the truth:

Ari Goelman has published about twenty short stories, most recently in Strange Horizons, Daily SF, and Fantasy Magazine.   He is a past winner of the Writers of the Future competition, and a graduate of the Clarion West writers workshop. 

His academic work has been published in the Journal of Architecture, Planning and Research as well as Environment and Planning A, and has been covered in places as diverse as the Brookings Institute and The New York Times.  He lives in Vancouver with his family and the rain.

18 responses to “Welcome

  1. Joel Sweet

    Ari, kol ha kavod on the novel. I hope you’ll sign my copy!

  2. Sharon Lovett-Graff

    Hello Ari from New Haven CT! Congrads on you book! I will be sure to purchase copies for the New Haven Free Public Library where I am a librarian. So,..Bennett and I were out at our local farmers market today chatting with our neighbor Simon Allentuch. We told him that our daughter Shoshana is planning to attend the New College of Florida in the fall, and he said that you are a graduate! Funny enough, our daughter is also is a budding writer, and will be a madricha at Naaleh this summer. Any words of wisdom for her? All the best,
    Sharon and Bennett Lovett-Graff

    • Hi Sharon,
      Thanks for your message! (And apologies for my delayed response — words of wisdom are hard to come by…). Fun to hear that your daughter is going to New College next fall. I had a great experience there. All the best,

  3. Ellen Levitt

    Ari, I live in Nashville and have met you at your cousins bar mitzvahs.. Didn’t know you were a writer! Can’t wait to read more of your work!

  4. Can’t wait to read it, Ari, and then propose it for the children’s book club I run for the Jewish Journey Project at JCC/NYC. I wrote a weird camp book mystery (with Jewish characters, but no Kabbalah) currently “shopping” it around. So will add to my summer list, glad I found your info. Good luck! Sheila

  5. Hi Ari,

    Just finished reading your book and really enjoyed it. I am sure reading this book will become a tradition at Galil (and, hopefully, many other camps)!

    Best of luck, Joe Freudenberg

  6. Jessica Lissy Trey

    Hi! I am a middle school Judaic Studies teacher at a community day school in Brooklyn and I am really enjoying your book. Any chance you’re ever in New York and would want to come talk to our students? They would LOVE it!

  7. Hi Jessica! I’ll respond to your comment via e-mail, but the short answer is I’d love to visit your students. If not in person, via Skype or some other electronic means.

  8. Hello Goelman i have just finished your book “The Path of Names” and would like to know if there is a secound book of it this may not be the right place to ask this but if it is not can you tell me where?

    • Hi Cole,

      I somehow missed this comment when you made it. No, there is currently no sequel, but I’m working hard on the draft of another novel entirely.



  9. Hi, I was reading your book to my sister…and one of the characters literally has my name, Abby Simkin! So weird! 🙂

    • Hi Abby, Thanks for letting me know! I’ve also heard from someone who’s name is actually Dahlia Sherman (the main character). I’m a little jealous — no one ever names a character ‘Ari Goelman.’

  10. Luis Medina

    hey ari your book is already published in Spanish, and if it is what the title?

    • Hi Luis,

      Thanks for the question (and apologies for the long delay in my response.) I’m not positive, but I think the answer is no, it’s not published in Spanish. I’ve asked my agent, and I will get back to you if it turns out the answer is yes.



  11. Shmuel

    I’m 14 and Jewish. I don’t read a lot but The Path of Names was the first book in a long time that i couldn’t put down. It was extremely uniqe and I loved the suspense of switching storylines so suddenly. The best part was when they figured out that the caretaker was a golem. I’m patiently waiting for another novel. I looked on amazon and then here desperately looking. I hope you write many more novels for kids just like me.

    • Hi there! I’m so pleased you enjoyed The Path of Names. I haven’t published any other novels (yet!) I’ve written them, and hopefully sometime soon a publisher will decide to publish another one! All the best, Ari

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