Reading: Susan Abulhawa

In partnership with Witness Palestine, Writers & Books is excited to present the important and celebrated author Susan Abulhawa, who is visiting the area as part of Witness Palestine’s film festival.

Susan Abulhawa is a novelist, essayist, and poet. Her debut novel, Mornings in Jenin (Bloomsbury, 2010), was an international bestseller, received critical acclaim and was translated into 28 languages. Publishers Weekly called the book a “richly detailed, beautiful and resonant,” gives unique voice to four generations of a Palestinian family. Mornings in Jenin tells the story of Amal, a Palestinian woman whose family was forcibly removed from their home in the village of Ein Hod by the newly formed state of Israel in 1948. Born in the Jenin refugee camp, Amal is raised on memories of Ein Hod’s beloved olive groves and bucolic serenity; she lives through war, occupation and the loneliness of life on her own when she travels to America to pursue her education.

The rights to her second novel, The Blue Between Sky And Water (Bloomsbury, 2015) was sold in 19 languages before it was published in the English original. The novel examines the lives the women of the Baraka family. This powerful novel explores the legacy of dispossession across continents and generations. With devastatingly clear-eyed vision of political and personal trauma, The Blue Between Sky and Water is the story of flawed yet profoundly courageous women, of separation and heartache, endurance and renewal. The combined commercial and cultural reach of these two novels has made Susan Abulhawa the most widely read Palestinian author of all time.

Abulhawa published a poetry collection entitled My Voice Sought The Wind (Just World Books, 2012) and contributed to numerous anthologies She also writes on a regular basis for online media outlets, such as Al Jazeera English and Middle East Monitor.

In 2001, Susan Abulhawa founded Playgrounds For Palestine (, a non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to upholding the right to play for Palestinian children. To date, they have built well over 32 playgrounds in Palestine, Lebanon and Syria and sponsored numerous childhood development programs.

This is an incredible opportunity to hear an important voice. Teju Cole has praised her writing as “precise, courageous, and dazzling.” Please join us and experience the work of Susan Abulhawa. This will be a reading to remember.