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Kingdom of Olives and Ash

Writers Confront the Occupation

Edited by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman

In Kingdom of Olives and Ash, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, two of today’s most renowned novelists and essayists, have teamed up with the Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence—an organization comprised of former Israeli soldiers who served in the occupied territories and saw firsthand the injustice there—and a host of illustrious writers to tell the stories of the people on the ground in the contested territories.

This groundbreaking collection of essays by celebrated international writers bears witness to the human cost of fifty years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza and includes contributions from today’s most esteemed storytellers, including Colum McCann, Jacqueline Woodson, Colm Toibin, Geraldine Brooks, Dave Eggers, Hari Kunzru, Raja Shehadeh, Madeleine Thien, Mario Vargas Llosa and Assaf Gavron, as well as Chabon and Waldman.

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Seven Live Talks Across Five U.S. Cities

NYC – DC – SF – LA – BOSTON

Virtual Book Talk

Via livestream


Tuesday, May 30th at 4:00 pm Eastern

Also featuring:
NIF VP Libby Lenkinski

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New York City

Hosted by Congregation Beth Elohim
part of Shavuot Across Brooklyn
and Book Week of the Brooklyn Public Library


Tuesday, May 30th

Also featuring:
Rabbi Rachel Timoner

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New York City

Hosted by Book Culture
and Broadway Presbyterian,
not sponsored by New Israel Fund


Wednesday, May 31st

Also featuring:
Lorraine Adams and Colum McCann

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Washington, D.C.

Hosted by Temple Sinai
in partnership with Politics and Prose


Thursday, June 1st

Also featuring:
Veteran broadcast journalist Ted Koppel

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Los Angeles

Hosted by the IKAR Culture Series


Monday, June 5th

Also featuring:
Rabbi Sharon Brous

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San Francisco

Hosted by the Bay Area Book Festival


Sun, June 4th

Also featuring:
Fida Jiryis, Rachel Kushner, and NIF CEO Daniel Sokatch

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Boston

Hosted by Temple Beth Zion


Tuesday, June 6th

Featuring:
Geraldine Brooks and Rabbi Eric Gurvis

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San Francisco

Hosted by the San Francisco JCC


Wednesday, June 7th

Also featuring:
Dave Eggers, Fida Jiryis, & NIF CEO Daniel Sokatch

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“On the 50th anniversary of Israeli occupation of Palestine,
top writers bear witness to oppression and despair. . .
Moving, heartbreaking, and infuriating. . .
Deeply unsettling, important stories call for urgent responses to the Middle East conflict.”
— Kirkus, starred review

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