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Book: Smuggled Stories from the Holy Land

Saturday, January 23, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

| $5

Smuggled Stories from the Holy Land by Carmen Taha Jarrah

Carmen Jarrah’s travel involves trying to unravel the conundrums of Palestinian life in Palestine/ Israel. She has compressed three extensive trips into her Smuggled Stories from the Holy Land, exploring aspects of Israeli and Palestinian peace groups and their often agonizing confrontations with the military. A grim reality. Yet the dauntless Palestinian story shines through – a love of the land, an ancestral home imprinted on the Arab consciousness, a relentless connection to the soil and its old olive trees – and a story resting firmly in an ancient sense of belonging that no amount of checkpoint violence and failed peace plans can remove. It was a journey of awareness for Carmen, a critical feature of Muslim rihla writing.  For those mystified by the region’s conflicts, the book will awaken a new appreciation of a culture that grows more resilient and enduring with each battle. It is not a happy book but one of profound insight: The human spirit will not be denied, hence inspiring.

About the Speaker
Carmen Taha Jarrah was born in Brazil to Lebanese parents who migrated to Canada when she was still a child.  She has been writing and editing professional communications for the government for over 30 years and is a graduate of MacEwan University in Edmonton, earning a Bachelors of Applied Communication in Professional Writing. She is a peace activist, local and international volunteer and has travelled extensively in the Middle East and beyond.

Need to know:
– Doors open at 6:50
– $5 donation (suggested minimum)
– Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
– Please avoid using strong-scented products due to sensitivities

Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) with Zatoun oliveoil+za’atar dipping.