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.
Seven Live Talks Across Five U.S. Cities
NYC – DC – SF – LA – BOSTON
Virtual Book Talk
Tuesday, May 30th at 4:00 pm Eastern
NIF VP Libby Lenkinski
New York City
Hosted by Congregation Beth Elohim
part of Shavuot Across Brooklyn
and Book Week of the Brooklyn Public Library
Tuesday, May 30th
Rabbi Rachel Timoner
New York City
Hosted by Book Culture
and Broadway Presbyterian,
not sponsored by New Israel Fund
Wednesday, May 31st
Lorraine Adams and Colum McCann
Hosted by Temple Sinai
in partnership with Politics and Prose
Thursday, June 1st
Veteran broadcast journalist Ted Koppel
Hosted by the IKAR Culture Series
Monday, June 5th
Rabbi Sharon Brous
Hosted by the Bay Area Book Festival
Sun, June 4th
Fida Jiryis, Rachel Kushner, and NIF CEO Daniel Sokatch
Hosted by Temple Beth Zion
Tuesday, June 6th
Geraldine Brooks and Rabbi Eric Gurvis
Hosted by the San Francisco JCC
Wednesday, June 7th
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
This book tour is presented by Breaking the Silence
and sponsored by Harper Perennial and the New Israel Fund.
Tour partners include Congregation Beth Elohim, the Brooklyn Library, Temple Sinai, Politics and Prose, the Bay Area Book Festival, IKAR, Temple Beth Zion, and the San Francisco JCC.
Breaking the Silence is an organization of veteran combatants who have served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada and have taken it upon themselves to expose the public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories. We endeavor to stimulate public debate about the price paid for a reality in which young soldiers face a civilian population on a daily basis and control its everyday life.
HarperCollins Publishers is the second-largest consumer book publisher in the world. Harper Perennial is one of the paperback imprints of HarperCollins in the United States. We publish paperback originals and reprints by authors like Ann Patchett, Justin Taylor, Barbara Kingsolver, and Blake Butler.
The New Israel Fund is the leading organization committed to equality and democracy for all Israelis. Widely credited with building Israeli progressive civil society, we have provided millions of dollars to more than 850 organizations since our inception in 1979. This event is part of New Israel Fund’s campaign, 50 Years of Occupation: Time to Take a Stand. The Occupation is an enormous problem and there is no chance it will be addressed if it is pushed out of view. Supporting Israel in our day means supporting those Israelis committed to keeping the Occupation on the public agenda and to pressing for a better future.