Book Club Discussion for “Mornings In Jenin”

Mornings in Jenin

Join us for an internationally coordinated book club discussion of the novel “Mornings in Jenin” by Susan Abulhawa, activist, poet and founder of Playgrounds for Palestine.  See further information on this project below.

Madison-Rafah Sister City Project, Playgrounds for Palestine-Madison, the Peregrine Forum and the Madison Infoshop Free Skool are partnering to host the book discussion in Madison.

The first session has met and now the second session will be Tuesday Feb 17th 7pm at 122 State in Room 200.  We will discuss the novel’s middle chapters covering the early Israeli Occupation 1967-1983, the 1982 Lebanon War, and the Palestinian Diaspora. Copies of the book are still available, contact rafahsistercity@yahoo.com. For other details call 608-284-9082.

Please note that the book was originally published under the title “Scar of David” and as far as we know there is no significant difference between the two versions.

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From the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation:

US Campaign member group Librarians and Archivists with Palestine is excited to announce their newest campaign: “One Book, Many Communities: Mornings in Jenin.”

“One Book” is an international reading and discussion initiative drawing inspiration from the “one book, one town” idea that brings people together to talk about a common book.

LAP has selected the historical saga Mornings in Jenin by Palestinian-American author and activist Susan Abulhawa as their first “One Book” title, and discussions will be held in January 2015 around the world.

Mornings in Jenin is a sweeping, heart-wrenching historical saga about four generations of the Abulheja family. From Jenin to Jerusalem to Beirut to Philadelphia, the novel follows the family from its displacement from Ein Hod village in 1948 through love and loss over decades of life in Palestine and the diaspora.

Can you organize or host a Mornings in Jenin discussion at your library, local bookstore, Students for Justice in Palestine chapter, school, place of worship, or home this January? 

LAP has put together a toolkit to help you plan your event with ideas about how to hold great discussions that will spark interest in further exploration of Palestinian history and culture. They will also help with promotion by listing your event on their “One Book” site.

You can purchase the book directly from Susan Abulhawa here and use the promo code “lap1book” for a discount.

This is a great opportunity to create a broader awareness and understanding of Palestinian history and the struggle for self-determination. If you have ideas or questions, please email librarians2palestine@gmail.com.

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