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January 19

Ofelia Rivas, the Tohono O’odham, and the Wall

Considering all that is going on on the United States these days, I figure now might be a good time to post something from Walls: Travels Along the Barricades. I’ve chosen this section about where the US-Mexico border divides the traditional territory of the Tohono O’odham people. Ofelia Rivas was generous with her stories, and I […]

January 08

Looking For Home in the Palestinian Diaspora

In my original plan for Pay No Heed to the Rockets I was going to include a chapter about Palestinian authors in the diaspora. I decided, in the end, to focus on Palestinians still living in historical Palestine. My interest in diaspora writers did not diminish, however, and I am fascinated by what Palestinians living […]

January 08

US Cover

(Alas, I’ve neglected this blog for a while.) Here is the cover of the US edition of Pay No Heed to the Rockets. The folks at Counterpoint did a fantastic job with this cover. It is my favourite of the three editions – though I suspect I am not supposed to say that.

Bringing *Pay No Heed* back to Palestine

This is very exciting. At the beginning of next month, I will participate in the Kalimat Palestine Writers’ Festival. I will be among 14 authors – 10 Palestinian, 4 “international” – who will be holding book readings and discussions in Jerusalem, Haifa, Ramallah, Bethlehem and Nablus. Four of the Palestinian authors involved in this traveling […]

June 18

To love a person, a place, and a thing.

I rarely get nostalgic about objects. I have very few “things” that are precious to me. There is, though, an old blue backpack. I bought my Serratus Andromeda from MEC in 1997 and spent a year heaving the pack around Western Africa. My year in Africa was my first big journey abroad. It was the […]

Pay No Heed in Ontario

Friends in Toronto, Windsor, Hamilton and Ottawa please note: I will be bringing the new book back on the road to you next week. Here is a list of my events. Come if you can. Pay No Heed to the Rockets will be part of a dual book-launch with Nahla Abdo’s An Oral History of […]

The Enduring Nakba

One of the most important things I learned during my time with the Palestinians was how the Nakba was less a historical event than the beginning of a process that is ongoing. Here is my take, in yesterday’s The Globe and Mail.