In Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land, journalist and author Sandy Tolan tells the story of Ramzi Aburedwan, a Palestinian who grew up in Al Amari refugee camp in the 1980s and ’90s. Today, Aburedwan is a renowned viola and bouzouk player, and the founder of Al Kamandjati (Arabic for “the violinist”), an organization that aims to make music accessible to Palestinian children.
Baddawi, the debut graphic novel by Leila Abdelrazaq, is a coming-of-age story centered on a boy named Ahmad, whose parents are originally from the Palestinian village of Safsaf. The atrocities of the Nakba — the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine — force them to flee to Baddawi, a refugee camp in northern Lebanon, where Ahmad is born.
On April 14, 2015, Verso Books will release “Letters to Palestine: Writers Respond to War and Occupation.” In this collection of essays and poems, American authors and Palestinian authors living in America offer their raw, unfiltered reactions to the relentless oppression of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.
"Indecision Points," a new book by author Daniel E. Zoughbie, "offers a comprehensive account of U.S. policy toward Israel and the Palestinians during the George W. Bush administration."
When Linda Bevis started her second career in teaching nineteen years ago, she noticed that the textbooks for high school world history dedicated about five paragraphs to Palestine and Israel. The Seattle resident, educator, and longtime activist knew how difficult it would be for any teacher to use that material productively. “While I actually don’t think the conflict is a complicated one, it cannot be explained in five paragraphs."
While developing his latest poetry collection, the aptly named Textu (text + haiku), Palestinian-American poet and physician Fady Joudah spent a lot of time on his smartphone. This ubiquitous device may seem like the enemy of good art, but Joudah explains his modern methodology in the book’s short introduction.
An author and translator from Palestine are among four literary figures honored in the 2014 King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies Translation of Arabic Literature Award. The award, which is co-sponsored by the King Fahd Center at the University of Arkansas and Syracuse University Press, includes a cash prize for the writers and translators but – perhaps more importantly – publication for the translated titles.
Born in Beit Hanina, near Jerusalem, Ibtisam Barakat's life was turned upside down at age three, when Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem following the 1967 war. "I will never know what my life would have been like without having grown up under Israeli occupation," says writer, poet and educator Barakat. "This influenced me in every way. And it made me sensitive to all the issues of injustice that exist in the world."
When we think of Palestine, most of us probably think of a destroyed Gaza and occupied West Bank. We think of rockets and tunnels, settlers and checkpoints. We might think of the Palestinian people as a whole, but rarely do we think about individuals, the stories of the people who live there. Palestine Speaks: Narratives of Life Under Occupation addresses this discrepancy, providing a deeper understanding of who the Palestinian people are, and their experience of living in occupied territories.