With her poignant graphic-form memoir, Baddawi, Leila Abdelrazaq has been taking the lengthy, multi-generational travails of Palestine's numerous refugees to many new places. Most recently, on February 1, Baddawi was named to the list that the "Young Adult" section of the American Library Association produces annually, of "Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults". And on February 5, three of Abdelrazaq's original drawings from the book will be featured in the breakthrough "Comix Creatrix" exhibition being held at the (illustrious) House of Illustration in London!
The "Comix Creatrix" exhibition features 100 leading female comics creators through the ages-- from the 19th century (when some women actually pioneered the form), until today.
This exhibition is making waves in the intellectually lively world of global comics/ bandes dessinees, since its opening will come hard on the heels of the big furore sparked when the big, global Comics Festival held in Angouleme, France, announced a lineup of finalists for its prestigious annual award that included precisely zero female creators.
We are really delighted that the "Comix Creatrix" curators decided to include a few pages from one of Leila Abdelrazaq's technically sophisticated and deeply engaging stories of a young boy growing up in a refugee camp in Lebanon in the 1970s, in their exhibition. These were, indeed, stories her father had told her about his childhood and youth; and they speak to the resilience as well as the many dashed hopes of Palestinian refugees in many parts of the world.
(If you're in London any time between now and May 15, do go by the House of Illustration to see this important exhibition.)
Dr. Hatim Kanaaneh shared some of the stories from his recent collection Chief Complaint: A Country Doctor's Tales of Life in Galilee with audiences in Hawaii in early January. On January 11, he was the featured speaker at a "power lunch" held in Honolulu by a number of peace and justice activists. They included Palestinian-rights activist [...]
A couple of times every week, it seems, we're getting great reports from the folks who contributed to The People Make the Peace: Lessons from the Vietnam Antiwar Movement about great community events they've organized in one city or another, to talk about the book and the many lessons in it. We've been especially happy [...]
With the new year, Just World Books will be publishing five titles—in the spring alone! Two of our new titles include: America’s Continuing Misadventures in the Middle East, by Chas W. Freeman Jr. and The General’s Son Second Edition, by Miko Peled, both of which are now available for preorder through our website-- or through [...]
The noted Israeli-American peace activist Miko Peled, author of The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine, was in Colombo, Sri Lanka recently, where he gave a magnificent address at the country's parliament at an event to mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. You can see a great video of [...]
Leila Abdelrazaq, author of the fine graphic work Baddawi, has been taking the book's tales of her father's childhood in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon far and wide! In November, she was in Beirut, presenting at a conference held at the Mu'taz and Rada Sawwaf Arabic Comics Initiative at the American University of Beirut. [...]
Our four-step* plan for organizing for your winter holiday gift-giving: 1. Think about all the different kinds and ages of people on your holiday gift list.2. Go look the amazing array of informative and engaging books now on Just World Books's list. Remember there are four pages of offerings to look at there!3. Look at the [...]
On November 15, the Middle East program of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) presented Laila El-Haddad and Refaat Alareer with their "Inspiration for Hope" award. The presentation was made at a lovely, capacity-crowd gala dinner held at the Chicago Theological Seminary, under the auspices of AFSC's Chicago office.Laila El-Haddad is the author of Gaza [...]
Three great contributors to The People Make the Peace: Lessons from the Vietnam Antiwar Movement discussed their perspectives on the book-- and on the life experiences that inspired it-- at a fascinating and so-timely book discussion at The Potter's House on this past Tuesday, November 10th. As John told the assembled crowd, People Make the Peace [...]
At a time of sharply increased inter-communal tension in Palestine/Israel, two of our Israeli-citizen authors have been criss-crossing the Middle East with their messages for justice and equality for all. Jerusalem-born Miko Peled, author of The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine, has been speaking out recently in Israel and the West Bank, [...]