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Saturday, October 28 • 11:45am - 12:45pm
One Land, Two Peoples: The Kingdom of Olives and Ash

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To mark the fiftieth anniversary of Israel’s victory in the Six-Day War, a group of American writers took a field trip to observe the tragic consequences of Israel becoming an “occupier.”  The volume of essays that resulted, The Kingdom of Olives and Ash, offers a moving and personal account of the daily humiliations, violence, and hopelessness of the Palestinians living in the occupied territories and the distrust and hatred that exists on both sides. Ayelet Waldman and her husband, Michael Chabon, edited the volume in partnership with Breaking the Silence, an Israeli NGO. Waldman, author of several novels including the Mommy-Track Mysteries and, most recently, the memoir A Really Good Day, was born in Jerusalem. She is joined today by two other contributors to the volume, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of The Secret Chord, Geraldine Brooks, and Newbery Medalist and author of Another Brooklyn, Jacqueline Woodson. Libby Lenkinski, Vice President for Public Engagement at the New Israel Fund, will moderate the discussion around this difficult and seemingly intractable situation.


Moderators
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Libby Lenkinski

Libby Lenkinski is an activist and speaker dedicated to promoting equality and democracy in Israel. She is currently the vice president for public engagement at the New Israel Fund. Before working with the New Israel Fund, she lived in Israel for several years, where she served as the director of international relations at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) in Tel Aviv and, before that, as director of international outreach for Yesh Din. She holds a... Read More →

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Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks has won awards both for writing the hard-hitting truth and for spinning fiction. For the first half of her career, she was a journalist and foreign correspondent, primarily for the Wall Street Journal. She and her husband, Tony Horwitz, won the 1990 Overseas Press Club Award for their coverage of the Gulf War. She published her first... Read More →
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Ayelet Waldman

Ayelet Waldman is an editor, lawyer, and the author of seven books. Her latest book, A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life, is about her struggle with mental health and the ways that LSD helped her heal. She is also the author of Love and Treasure (2014), Red Hook Road (2010), and Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace (2009), and the Mommy-Track Mystery series. She is the editor of Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women's Prisons (2017) and of Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation (2017). Waldman is a former Federal public defender... Read More →
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Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is the award-winning author of works for children and young adults. Her memoir in verse for young readers, Brown Girl Dreaming, was the 2014 winner of the National Book Award and was a Newbery Honor Book. Brown Girl Dreaming also won the NAACP Image Award and the Coretta Scott King Award and was named a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book. In 2015 the Poetry Foundation named her the Young... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 11:45am - 12:45pm
Old South Guild Room 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA