Literature

A Conversation with Palestinian Author Suad Amiry News Roundup
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A Conversation with Palestinian Author Suad Amiry

2015 - Suad Amiry is a Palestinian architect and writer, and the founder of RIWAQ: Center of Architectural Conservation in Ramallah, Palestine. Amiry found her talent for writing after spending 42 days under curfew with her mother-in-law in Ramallah in 2002. The result was her acclaimed memoir “Sharon and My Mother-in-Law,” which was released by Random House in 2006.

US Journal ‘Biography”s Special Issue on Occupied Palestine is Launched in Gaza News Roundup
Yousef M. Aljamal, Mondoweiss

US Journal ‘Biography”s Special Issue on Occupied Palestine is Launched in Gaza

2015 - The Center for Political and Development Studies in Gaza, Palestine held a launch for Life in Occupied Palestine, a special issue of Biography, an Interdisciplinary Quarterly of biographical scholarship published by the University of Hawaii Press, a forum which explores the theoretical, generic, historical, and cultural dimensions of life-writing integrating literature, history, art, and the social sciences as they relate to biography.

Q&A: A Conversation with “Children of the Stone” Author Sandy Tolan News Roundup
Karmah Elmusa, IMEU

Q&A: A Conversation with “Children of the Stone” Author Sandy Tolan

2015 - 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.

Palestinian refugee boy comes of age in graphic novel “Baddawi” News Roundup
Marguerite Dabaie

Palestinian refugee boy comes of age in graphic novel “Baddawi”

2015 - 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.

A Conversation with “Letters to Palestine” Editor Vijay Prashad News Roundup
Karmah Elmusa, IMEU

A Conversation with “Letters to Palestine” Editor Vijay Prashad

2015 - 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.

Author Daniel E. Zoughbie Releases New Book News Roundup
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Author Daniel E. Zoughbie Releases New Book

2015 - "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."

Seattle Educator Creates Palestine Teaching Trunk for High School Classrooms News Roundup
Karmah Elmusa, IMEU

Seattle Educator Creates Palestine Teaching Trunk for High School Classrooms

2015 - 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."

Fady Joudah Releases New 160-Character Poetry Collection Literature
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Fady Joudah Releases New 160-Character Poetry Collection

2014 - 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.

Palestinian author, translator win Arabic literature prize News Roundup
Sarah Irving, The Electronic Intifada

Palestinian author, translator win Arabic literature prize

2014 - 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.