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August 08

New cover!

I am excited to reveal the cover of the new book. The good people at Goose Lane Editions did a great job. Now I just have the finish writing the damn thing.

August 02

Walls en francais

Exciting news: the French translation of Walls, titled Un monde enclavé: Voyages à l’ombre des murs, comes out next month in France and Québec. I love what the publisher, Lux Éditeur, did for the cover.

May 30

Walls at the SHIFT festival

  I am very excited. The Troika Collective, a BC-based theatre company, has adapted my book Walls: Travels Along the Barricades into a lobby installation/performance for the SHIFT Festival 10. Imagining Walls “on stage” feels like the closing of the circle. My book aimed to render the physicality of the world’s border walls into text. Now this […]

May 18

Palestinian Reading List #5: “The Passport”

An excerpt from a very funny short story called “The Passport” by author Ala Hlehel. In the story, a Palestinian author living in Israel desperately tries to retrieve his passport in time for a publicity trip to London. As he scrambles to find a way into the closed Ministry office, his mother calls:   … […]

February 07

Palestinian Reading List #4: “To Describe an Almond Blossom”

One of Mahmoud Darwish’s last poems, and a new favourite of mine. This translation, by Mohammad Shaheen, appears in Almond Blossoms and Beyond published by Interlink Books (2009).   To Describe an Almond Blossom   To describe an almond blossom no encyclopedia of flowers In any help to me, no dictionary. Words carry me off […]

“Illegal” in Arizona: a mother’s story

During the research for Walls: Travels Along the Barricades I had the opportunity to meet several migrants and would-be migrants along Arizona’s border with Mexico. One of the most affecting stories I heard came from a mother named Patricia who I met in Tucson. In advance of the Trump presidency, and all it may mean […]

September 13

Palestinian Reading List #3: “Is 53 seconds long enough to gather my soul?”

I met the young and wonderful Rana Mourtaja during my trip to Gaza last year. She writes short stories mostly, but composed this essay during the 2014’s summer war on Gaza. During the war, Israeli military planes dropped small and often non-explosive devices onto rooftops to warn residents that the building was about to be […]