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Gaza Writes Back: National Speaking Tour

Gaza Writes Back Cover
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AFSC and Just World Books are organizing a national speaking tour for up to four of the contributors to the book “Gaza Writes Back: Short Stories from Young Writers in Gaza, Palestine” between April 1 and 24, 2014.

Please join us at one of the events listed below.

About "Gaza Writes Back"

"Gaza Writes Back," edited by Refaat Alareer, is a compelling collection of short stories from 15 young writers in Gaza, members of a generation that has suffered immensely under Israel’s siege and blockade. Their experiences, especially during and following Israel’s 2008-2009 offensive known as “Operation Cast Lead,” have fundamentally impacted their lives. Their stories are acts of resistance and defiance, proclaiming the endurance of Palestinians and the continuing resilience and creativity of their culture in the face of ongoing obstacles and attempts to silence them. Whether tackling the tragedy that surrounds missile strikes and home raids, or the everyday indignities encountered by Palestinian refugees, through their writing these authors have brought to life the real issues that the people of Gaza face.

The tour will feature Refaat Alareer and up to three of the authors who contributed to the book: Yousef Aljamal, Rawan Yaghi, and Sarah Ali.  They will share from their experiences growing up in Gaza and from the book. 

Event locations and details

We are still working on finalizing tour details. Check back for updated tour schedules and details. 


April 1, 5:30 p.m. at The Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St. Philadelphia, Pa. 

April 2 6:30 pm at the University of Pennsylvania, Huntsman Hall, Room 240

April 3, 7 p.m. in Walton Hall – Baird Library at Eastern Univeristy, 1300 Eagle Road, St. Davids, Pa.


New York City

April 4, 7:30 pm at New York University – Room 808, Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square S., New York, NY 10012


Greater Washington D.C. area

April 6, 2 p.m. at Dar Al-Taqwa Mosque, 10740 Route 108, Ellicott City, MD, 21042

April 6, 7:30 p.m. at Friends House Retirement Community, 17340 Quaker Lane(off Norwood Road), Sandy Spring, MD 20860

April 7, 7 p.m. at the Friends Meeting of Washington – 2111 Florida Avenue, NW Washington, D.C.

April 8, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001



April 10 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Agnes Scott College, 141 E College Ave, Decatur, GA 30030 (Buttrick Hall, G-4 Film Room) 

April 10 from 7-9 p.m. at North Decatur Presbyterian Church, 611 Medlock Rd, Decatur, GA 30033

April 11 – Details to follow



April 12 from 7-8:30 p.m. at DePaul University, Student Center, Room 314 A, 2250 North Sheffield Rd, Chicago


Bellingham, Wa.

April 16 - 4 p.m. at Western Washington University, Academic West 304

April 16 - 6:30 p.m. at the Majestic Ballroom, 1027 N Forest St, Bellingham



April 17 – from 6-8 p.m., at 2820 E. Cherry St, Seattle, Washington 98144


San Francisco Bay Area

April 19, 5:30 and 7 p.m. with Rebuilding Alliance, 178 South Blvd, San Mateo, CA

5:30 p.m. Dinner with the speakers, $20pp with Arabic cuisine provided by Al Bayk Restaurant. RSVP:  

7 p.m. presentation, open to all. 

April 21 – Details to Follow

April 22, 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA – Opening for Ali Abu Nimeh  TICKETS REQUIRED – More info here

April 23, 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 72 Kensington Road, San Anselmo, Ca. 94960