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Miko Peled in Germany-- after Mexico & many U.S. venues!

Miko Peled speaking

Ever in demand as an inspiring public speaker, Miko Peled, author of The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine, is in the middle of a busy speaking tour of Germany!

He spoke in Munich on June 24th, Stuttgart the following evening, and  Freiburg on June 26th. Next week, he'll be appearing in Berlin on Tuesday June 30th to deliver a 7 pm lecture at the Bildungswerk Berlin of the Heinrich-Böll Foundation (Sebastianstr. 21, 10179 Berlin).

This bookends a month that started with our peace-and-justice-loving author speaking in Mexico-- where he was also able to take a little time off to go see some amazing Frida Kahlo art. He was also the subject of this short profile on HispanTV (screengrab below.)

Screengrab of Miko on Mexico TVMiko Peled's voice has become a powerful one in many countries around the world since Just World Books first published The General's Son, his very thought-provoking memoir, in 2012. In Spring 2016, we'll be publishing a much-awaited, expanded second edition of the book. He is currently writing an all-new Epilogue for the new edition, in which he describes and reflects upon some of the amazing experiences and new insights he has had since the first edition came out.

Just World Books also has rights for all parts of the world except Mercosur countries, for an already translated Spanish version of the book, El Hijo del General. Plus, we also have a Swedish-language version available and awaiting a publisher...

Do contact us if you are, or know of, a publisher in either of these languages who would be interested in publishing a translated version of the book!

Miko has also continued his busy schedule of speaking at a broad range of venues in the United States. Sometimes, there are powerful establishment forces who want to muzzle his free-speech rights and prevent U.S. audiences from hearing his pro-equality message. This happened at the end of May, when the Amnesty International chapter at Mount San Jacinto College in Southern California invited him to speak on their campus-- and several powerful local figures, including two members of the U.S. Congress, wrote to the College President urging him to cancel the talk!

However, the MSJC President stood firmly in favor of his students' rights to invite and hear a speaker of their own choosing, and the talk went ahead without incident. (Except that, someone had apparently left an electronic cigarette in her or his backpack, and it started smoking toward the end of the discussion, causing participants to have to evacuate to another space.)

You can read Miko's own account of the incident-- in the form of a letter to the local paper that the paper, the San Diego Union Tribune, refused to publish-- on Miko's personal blog, here.

Nothing will prevent this brave writer-activist from getting his message out-- in the United States, or around the world.

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Our wonderfully talented author-illustrator Leila Abdelrazaq, recently returned from her trip to Palestine, took a moment to share her reflections with us. Taking the book tour for her graphic memoir Baddawi international, Leila joined many other international artists to participate in the 2015 Palestinian Festival of Literature (PalFest). Her days were packed and hectic but she did manage [...]

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On June 9th, we hosted our first ever conference call book launch(!) for Richard Falk's new title, Chaos and Counterrevolution: After the Arab Spring. The book has received wonderful advance praise and we are thrilled that is now available. ...offers a tour de force inside the Middle East region. It presents candid and lucid analyses of [...]

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Leila Abdelrazaq in Bethlehem at PalFest with Baddawi

We are thrilled that our own graphic novelist Leila Abdelrazaq was featured at this year's just-concluded PalFest. The Palestine Festival of Literature (PalFest) is an annual literary festival that brings influential literary figures from around the world to Palestine, to work with Palestinian literary figures there in writing workshops and free public events in free [...]

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Alice Rothchild, MD, takes witness from Gaza to the United States

Alice Rothchild, MD, indomitable author of the recent work of witness On the Brink: Israel and Palestine on the Eve of the 2014 Gaza Invasion, has recently been back in Palestine-- this time, including a visit to Gaza. And once again she has been sharing her eye-witness reports of what she has seen with audiences [...]

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Peled, Rosen, Kanaaneh, Abdelrazaq: Our authors spreading the word!

Our authors Miko Peled, Dr. Hatim Kanaaneh, Rabbi Brant Rosen, and Leila Abdelrazaq are fanning out throughout the United States in the coming days and weeks, sharing their important witness about the realities of life in Israel/Palestine. Keep up-to-date with who's speaking where, when, and get all the details of these events, by checking in [...]

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Baddawi East Coast Launch Builds Buzz

Leila Abdelrazaq concluded her ten-day, four-city series of launch activities for her new graphic novel Baddawi last week with events and media interviews in Washington, DC. The Middle East Institute hosted Abdelrazaq at the socially conscious restaurant and bookstore Busboys and Poets on April 21 and Georgetown University’s Students for Justice in Palestine chapter [...]

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JWB Takes New Titles to London Book Fair

CEO Helena Cobban represented Just World Books at the London Book Fair, one of the publishing industry’s largest annual gatherings, which took place April 8-10 in Olympia, West London. As “the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content,” this fair was the perfect opportunity for Cobban to promote our upcoming [...]

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Leila Abdelrazaq Launches Baddawi in Chicago

Leila Abdelrazaq launched her highly anticipated new book Baddawi last Wednesday, April 8 at the Arab American Action Network (AAAN) center on the south side of Chicago. The crowd was extremely enthusiastic about the debut graphic novel by Abdelrazaq, the young Palestinian-American artist who has been active in the community for years. Baddawi is a visually compelling coming-of-age story about the [...]

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