We talk about two festivals (one long-established, one brand new) that celebrate Palestinian literature; an author who was penalized for supporting BDS; and a book that asks the question: What would happen if Palestinians simply disappeared? (And once again we recorded this episode in the studio of the wonderful Sowt platform in Amman). Show Notes
Jayne Cortez’s poem “There It Is” was performed by Sapphire at Palfest 2014.
Palfest was re-launched this yearwith a focus on knowledge production and an emphasis on how Palestine fits within larger struggles against imperialism, racism and economic exploitation.
The first-of-its kind literary festival Palestine Writeswill be held in New York in March 2020.
Kamila Shamsie was de-awarded the Nellie Sachs literary prizeover her support of the Palestinian BDS (Boycott Divestment and Sanctions) movement. Hundreds of writers signed a statement of solidaritywith her.
Benjamin Netanyahu promised further annexations in the WestBank during his last electoral campaign. The details of the Trump administration’s “deal of the century”have yet to emerge.
As the New York Times reported recently, Israel bans Arabic-language books from entering the country.
Ibtisem Azem’s The Book of Disappearancewas translated from the Arabic by Sinan Antoon. The Book of Disappearance: A Novel (Middle East Literature In Translation)
By Ibtisam Azem