When Daniel Demeter, author and photographer of Lens on Syria, met with Theresa Kubasak and Gabe Huck, authors of Never Can I Write of Damascus, for two events in Virginia in late September, the result was a fantastic dialogue about Syria’s pre-war life and culture. These three authors mesmerized a crowd at a brewpub in Harrisonburg, and the local university newspaper wrote a fantastic review of the event.
Book reviewers have been weighing in very favorably on both Lens on Syria and Never Can I Write of Damascus. Catholic Worker recently published an article on Never Can I Write of Damascus in their print-only newspaper, which we have scanned here. Foreword Reviews, a terrific independent reviewing magazine wrote glowingly of the impact of Never Can I Write of Damascus with its review published online and in print.
As Islamophobia grips America and Europe, Never Can I Write of Damascus comes like a godsend to banish ignorance and illumine the richness of multiculturalism.
Seth Neuffer, Foreword Reviews
Lens on Syria landed a warm reception in Midwest Book Reviews, a monthly online resource valued by librarians and others for their carefully curated selections. The review calls it “an impressive compendium” and “unreservedly recommended” the volume for academic libraries, Syrian history collections, and for general readers. See the whole review here.
In case you missed it, Daniel Demeter spoke in Atlanta to a local news team about his book project Lens on Syria. The short but compelling interview is available online here. Buy a copy of the book in paperback or hardcover here.
U.S. elections may come and go, but the suffering of Syria's people and the damage suffered by its heritage and its culture continue unabated. On September 26, shortly before the first U.S. presidential debate began, Daniel Demeter, author of the visual treasure-box Lens On Syria: A Photographic Tour of its Ancient and Modern Culture, wrapped [...]
We're thrilled to tell you about the birth and launch of the new nonprofit organization, the Just World Educational Foundation-- also known as Just World Educational. JWE was incorporated in the state of Virginia last December and has a distinguished Board of Directors, including JWB author Richard Falk, JWB's CEO Helena Cobban, and six other [...]
Refaat Alareer, editor of the Gaza Writes Back anthology of short stories from young writers in Gaza, and co-editor of the 2015 collection Gaza Unsilenced, has sharply criticized the deal that Turkey's government announced today with Israel, describing it as "scandalous" and unacceptably exploitative of the misery of Gaza's 1.8 million people. Alareer teaches English and [...]
In a new podcast released by Just World Books yesterday, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Amb. Chas W. Freeman, Jr., noted that the current U.S. military actions in Syria "have no framework in international law." Freeman, whose main (and very successful) career in the U.S. government was in the Foreign Service, downplayed [...]
At two New York City events in early June, two amazing educators and humanitarians, Theresa Kubasak and Gabe Huck, launched Never Can I Write of Damascus: When Syria Became Our Home, their memoir of the seven years they spent in Damascus, 2005-2012. At both events, copies of the book sold out! (Disappointed attendees learned they can [...]
Leila Abdelrazaq, author of the graphic novel Baddawi, recently traveled to Ramallah to give workshops on comics in conjunction with the Palestine International Book Fair. This opportunity to work with Tamer Institute for Community Education came one year after Abdelrazaq’s first trip to the region in 2015, where she participated in the Palestine Festival of Literature [...]
On May 19th, Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. debuted his new book America’s Continuing Misadventures in the Middle East in a discussion with William B. Quandt and host Michele Dunne, at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Before a packed house of over 120 guests, including the Saudi ambassador to the United States, Freeman described the myriad misadventures of U.S. policy [...]
Our Miko Peled, aka " The General's Son", took his message of peace, justice, and equality to Europe once again last week! In the U.K., he spoke first to a capacity audience in the elegantly appointed St. Helier Town Hall in Jersey... Then he hopped back to the British "mainland" and spoke to another capacity [...]
Building on the success of Dr. Sheila Carapico's anthology Arabia Incognita: Dispatches from Yemen and the Gulf, we are now delighted to share the audio from the very informative discussion she had with Dr. Michael Hudson about Yemen and its neighbors on the Arabian Peninsula, at an event hosted by George Washington University in [...]