YA Novelist Sonia Nimr on Discovering and Reinventing the Treasure of Palestinian Folktales

“Life is bleak in Palestine under occupation. It’s not a happy life. So children’s writers try to make their stories not only vibrant, but also colorful, magical. To let the children know there are other worlds.”


Reading Don Quixote in Haifa

“If it were up to me, I might have given our hero an Arab name and origins in a Palestinian village few people had ever heard of. Maybe something like The Adventures of Don Abu Mukh from Baqa, or The Valorous and Witty Knight-Errant Don Rohana from Issifia.”

On Palestinian Libraries

They spoke about the particular issues encountered by Palestinian libraries and librarians, what they are doing to address those problems, and what the international library community can do to help.