Literature

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

Palestinian author, translator win Arabic literature prize

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.

Palestine Speaks: Narratives of Life Under Occupation News Roundup
Randy Rosenthal, Tweed's Magazine of Literature & Art

Palestine Speaks: Narratives of Life Under Occupation

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.

“Mornings in Jenin” chosen as first book in Palestine-inspired reading campaign News Roundup
The Electronic Intifada

“Mornings in Jenin” chosen as first book in Palestine-inspired reading campaign

Early next year, book groups around the US will delve into a historical saga set in the city of Jenin, bringing together readers to learn about the story of modern Palestine. The reading campaign — which will hopefully spread arond the world — is called “One Book — Many Communities.”

Palestine shines in global literature prizes News Roundup
Sarah Irving, The Electronic Intifada

Palestine shines in global literature prizes

Poetry and prose by Palestinian writers has been celebrated by the organizers of two international literary awards. The longlist for the Sheikh Zayed Prize — an Arabic culture award — features three Palestinian writers. Probably the best-known Palestinian on the longlist is Ghassan Zaqtan, whose poetry collection Like a Straw Bird it Follows Me, translated by Fady Joudeh, won the Griffin Prize in 2013.

An accessible look at Darwish’s life and work, at long last News Roundup
Sarah Irving, Electronic Intifada

An accessible look at Darwish’s life and work, at long last

It is hard to talk about modern Palestinian culture without mentioning Mahmoud Darwish. The late Palestinian “poet laureate,” one of the greatest poets writing in Arabic in the twentieth century, Darwish’s brilliance looms large, six years after his death. (photo: WHAT_4 via photopin cc)

Poets House Holds Annual Brooklyn Bridge Walk, Honors Naomi Shihab Nye News Roundup
The Wall Street Journal

Poets House Holds Annual Brooklyn Bridge Walk, Honors Naomi Shihab Nye

Somehow, the poet Naomi Shihab Nye, reading from Jayne Cortez's "I Am New York City" at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, made the city's flaws—from the insults to the bedbugs—sound endearing. Poets House, which operates a 60,000-volume poetry library in Battery Park City and holds poetry events and workshops, honored Ms. Nye on Monday night with its biennial "Betty" award...

“Each tree was like a member of the family” - Olson on Palestinians and the land News Roundup
Susie Kneedler, Mondoweiss

“Each tree was like a member of the family” - Olson on Palestinians and the land

Pamela Olson transports audiences with Palestine’s enchantments in her book, website, and talks. Fast Times in Palestine's ”Love Affair with a Homeless Homeland” describes the warm welcome of Palestine's famously generous people and their courage in outlasting the “unendurable.” Olson recently charmed receptive listeners at two hospitable Columbus churches–the First Unitarian Universalist, March 23, and St. John’s Evangelical Protestant, March 24–with stories like these, choosing different episodes for each gathering.

Palestinian Writer Suad Amiry Wins Italy’s Nonino Prize for Promoting Peace News Roundup
Arabic Literature

Palestinian Writer Suad Amiry Wins Italy’s Nonino Prize for Promoting Peace

Sharp, funny Palestinian writer Suad Amiry has won one of Italy's Nonino prizes along with Portuguese novelist Antonio Lobo Antunes, Italian psychiatrist Giuseppe Dell'Acqua, and French philosopher Michel Serres - for "her work to promote peace."

Links between struggle and art probed in new book on Palestinian poets News Roundup
Sarah Irving, The Electronic Intifada

Links between struggle and art probed in new book on Palestinian poets

Khaled Furani's Silencing the Sea: Secular Rhythms in Palestinian Poetry is an anthropological study of Palestinian poets, particularly those living in Israel and the occupied West Bank.