PalFest Announces 2016 Authors, Event Schedule

The 2016 Palestine Festival of Literature revealed their 2016 author and event lineup, one that includes South African-Australian Nobel laureate J.M. Coetzee, noted Syrian-Palestinian poet Ghayath Al Madhoun, architect-writer-scholar Mohamed Elshahed, Irish novelist Colum McCann, and many others:


May 21st / Ramallah / The Ottoman Court / 7pm

May 21st / Gaza / The Adam Hotel / 5pm

May 22nd / Al Quds / 7pm

May 23rd / Bethlehem / Bethlehem University, Furno Hall / 1pm

May 23rd / Gaza / The Adam Hotel / 5pm

May 24th / Haifa / Multiple venues / 5.30pm onwards

May 25th / Nablus / Municipal Library Gardens / 6pm

May 26th / Ramallah / Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre / 7pm

The speakers’ allocations will be announced on Monday May 16th.


Ali Abu Ajamieh, Mahmoud Abu Areesheh, Amina Abu Safat, Asmaa Azaizeh, Ahmed Azem, Jehan Bseiso, JM Coetzee, Ben Ehrenreich, Inua Ellams, Mohamed Elshahed, Nathalie Handal, Saidiya Hartman, Amer Hlehel, Anjali Joseph, Remi Kanazi, Majd Kayyal, Yasser Khanjar, Tarek Khateeb, Laila Lalami, Rickey Laurentiis, Barry Lopez, Ghiath Al Madhoun, Ahmed Masoud, Colum McCann, Ali Muassi, Muqata’a & Haykal & Julmud, Ben Moser, Hisham Nafaa, Mostafa Qossoqsi, Jack Shenker, Bhakti Shringarpure, Saed el Suerky, Basima Takrori, Hzar Yousef.

Organizers note: “All PalFest events are free and open to the public. They are in a combination of Arabic and English and simultanous translation will be available.”