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Book Discussion: Returning to Haifa by Ghassan Kanafani

Friday, May 5, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

| $5

Presented by Librarians and Archivists for Palestine’s (LAP)

Discussion of the short story “Returning to Haifa” by Ghassan Kanafani

Librarians and Archivists for Palestine’s (LAP) “One Book, Many Communities” campaign is designed to introduce readers to the richness of Palestinian literature, and create a broader awareness and understanding of Palestinian history and the struggle for self-determination. http://librarianswithpalestine.org/

Returning to Haifa (1969), tells the story of Said and Safeyya, who fled their home in Haifa during the 1948 Nakba. Twenty years later when the Mandelbaum Gate is opened they return to Haifa, “to see” as they tell themselves.

The narrative thrust of the story follows their visit and the conversation that goes on between Said, Safeyya, and the people occupying their old home, with flashbacks into their pasts and a retelling of the events of 1948, twenty years earlier. (summary from Arab Hyphen: Arab Arts and Literature).

**FREE ONLINE COPY–links available in the event discussion feed!
*This short story is the final story in the compilation “Palestine’s Children: Returning to Haifa and Other Stories.”

Ghassan Kanafani is a Palestinian novelist and iconic national hero. His writings tell the story of Palestine and Palestinians, creating a human connection to [their] experiences of struggle, exile, love, and loss. Despite his passing decades ago, his writing is still very relevant to [the Palestinian] current condition. He captured the popular imagination, not just of Palestinians and Arabs, but of the world, a feat that would ultimately lead to his untimely death. The Israeli government felt so threatened by the power of his word, that they assassinated him and his niece Lamees, on July 8, 1972, in his home of exile in Beirut, Lebanon. He was only 34 years old. His memory and the legacy of his writings however, live on in the hearts and minds of many around the world. –bio written by the Palestinian Youth Movement, Ghassan Kanafani Scholarship

Librarians and Archivists with Palestine is a network of self-defined librarians, archivists, and information workers in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for self-determination. The hashtag for the campaign is: #lap1book.

This spring, join Librarians and Archivists with Palestine for the third exciting international reading campaign: One Book, Many Communities. The project draws inspiration from the “one book, one town” idea—wherein people in local communities come together to read and discuss a common book.

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Need to know:
– Gather at 6pm, discussion begins at 6:30pm
– suggested donation $5-10 / PWYC
– Venue has a wheelchair-accessible entrance, and accessible washrooms.
– All-gender washrooms.
– Please avoid using strong-scented products due to sensitivities.

There will be some snacks available, and you’re welcome to bring extra snacks to share!

This event is being promoted on this site because it is of interest to the Beit Zatoun community.  Please note that it is taking place at another Toronto venue.