PalFest 2017 Opens May 13: Featuring Ma’n Abu Taleb, Nadeem Aslam, Jelani Cobb, Solmaz Sharif, More

In an email newsletter, PalFest organizers said: “PalFest is unable to get to Gaza because of Israel and Egypt’s ongoing siege of the Strip.”


PalFest Announces 2014 Schedule

This week, the 2014 Palestine Festival of Literature announced its full lineup and schedule. Events are set to be held in six cities with the inclusion of such luminaries of world literature as Teju Cole, Michael Ondaatje, Kamila Shamsie, and Najwan Darwish.

‘Keep Your Eye on the Wall’: A Book to Divide Your House

Keep Your Eye on the Wall, ed. Olivia Snaije and Mitch Albert, is less a coffee-table collection, and more — because of its accordion-style binding — a book to transect the floor of your living space, much like the Separation Walls that keep Palestinians apart from Palestinians, from Israelis, from the world, and often from their own land.

PalFest Wrap: The Iron Man of Literary Festivals

At the usual sort of literary festival, a visiting author appears briefly and does a public reading, Jeremy Harding said on PalFest’s final night in Ramallah. After that, the author either goes back to his hotel room or wanders around the host city.

But the Palestine Festival of Literature is different, Harding said.