Yesterday’s  PalFest wrap-up in Al Jazeera, penned by Sousan Hammad, provides sharp criticism for this and other literary events in the region. Her main criticism is that core PalFest events—as at the big Abu Dhabi and Emirates lit festivals—take place in English. And at some PalFest events, unlike the EmiratiContinue Reading

PalFest wrapped up yesterday with a final event at the African Community Society in Jerusalem. I haven’t seen video or tweets about the event, but each participant was set to read “a passage that means something personal to them.” The one wrap-up article I did find was from NYTimes correspondentContinue Reading

PalFest—the annual Palestinian Festival of Literature—begins tonight in Jerusalem.  The night before its kickoff, Ramallah-based author Suad Amiry talked in Cairo about her new nonfiction book, Nothing to Lose But Your Life: An 18-Hour Journey with Murad. Amiry was joined by Palestinian-Australian YA author Randa Abdel Fattah and the newContinue Reading

The Palestinian Festival of Literature kicks off May 1 at the Palestinian National Theater in Jerusalem; it will continue through May 6, and makes its way through Nablus, Jenin, Bethlehem, Hebron and Ramallah. But PalFest is not an ordinary literary festival; this festival contends with checkpoints, soldiers, and shutdowns. AuthorsContinue Reading