Project Palestine is an organization aimed at illustrating the Palestinian condition through films, music, literature, poetry and art.
Join us this Thursday July 7th, at 7pm for a book launch celebrating the release of Fast Times in Palestine and a very special conversation with author Pamela Olson and Noor Elashi. Admission is free and open to the public.
Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 7pm
The New School, 65 West 11th Street, Wollman Hall, 5th Floor
Hosted by Project Palestine & the Graduate Program in International Affairs
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Fast Times in Palestine is a ground-breaking novel about the modern Palestinian reality, told through the eyes of a young woman from small-town Oklahoma whose political innocence was shattered when she wandered into the West Bank in late 2003. With dizzying speed she found herself working as a journalist, serving as the foreign press coordinator for a Palestinian presidential candidate, and witnessing the 2005 Disengagement from inside the Gaza Strip. The narrative focuses not only on violence, terror, and social and political upheavals but also on the daily rounds of house parties, concerts, barbecues, weddings, jokes, harvests, and romantic drama that happen in between. Funny, gorgeous, shocking, and galvanizing, this book challenges the way Americans think not only about the Middle East but about human nature and our place in the world. Fast Times in Palestine is available on Amazon HERE.
PRAISE FOR FAST TIMES IN PALESTINE
“Olson’s masterful storytelling, imagery and wit take the reader on a transformative journey through Palestine.” —Anna Baltzer, author of Witness in Palestine
“Pamela Olson leads the reader on an exciting, funny, at times heart-wrenchingjourney, carefully deciphering complex political and historical issues. Olson is a talented writer, intelligent and exceptional in her ability to convey both tragedy and hope.”
—Ramzy Baroud, author of My Father was a Freedom Fighter
“It’s love in the time of occupation as Pamela Olson… takes us on the emotional roller-coaster of her very personal experience of life in Ramallah — and in doing so lays bare the human drama of a people… determined to live free.” —Tony Karon, Senior Editor, TIME Magazine
“A moving, inspiring account of life in Palestine that’s enormously informative yet reads like a novel.”
—Rebecca Vilkomerson, Executive Director, Jewish Voice for Peace
“Pamela Olson operates in a great tradition of American explorers, from Martha Gellhorn to Susan Meiselas to Rachel Corrie — open-minded women who have thrown off a lot of tired received wisdom about a fearful part of the world in order to see it for themselves, then brought that understanding back to their own culture. This book is a triumph of sympathy and observation.” —Philip Weiss, Editor of Mondoweiss