PROGRAM

Below are events you can expect to experience.

Agenda

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM EST

Welcome & Opening Remarks

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM EST

Coffee & Books | Ghada Karmi

12:45 PM - 1:15 PM EST

CHILDREN'S PROGRAM | Me & My Family: Storytime the ArabishWay

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM EST

PANEL | Literature in the Time of Erasure

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM EST

PERFORMANCE | Palestine in Parallel: Poetry Slam

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM EST

CHILDREN'S PROGRAM | Arabic Initial Wrapping Paper: A Crafty Arab.

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM EST

COFFEE & BOOKS | Isabella Hammad

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM EST

COOKING DEMONSTRATION | Migrant Kitchen (Nasser Jaber & Alex Hernandez)

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

INTERVIEW | Narrating the Kufr Qassem Massacre, by Samia Halaby

6:15 PM - 7:00 PM EST

COFFEE & BOOKS | Tariq Luthun

6:45 PM - 8:00 PM EST

PANEL | Organizing & Boycott in the Cultural Sphere

Thursday, December 3, 2020

10:00 AM 10:45 PM EST

COFFEE & BOOKS | Salman AbuSitta

10:15 AM 10:45 AM EST

CHILDREN'S PROGRAM | Farah Rocks Fifth Grade: Susan Muaddi Darraj

10:00 AM 12:00 PM EST

WORKSHOP | Tatreez & Tea (limited capacity, 12)

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM EST

COFFEE & BOOKS | Ibtisam Azem

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM EST

PANEL | Architects of Our Narrative: Emerging Palestinian Writers (including award)

1:00 PM 1:30 PM

CHILDREN'S PROGRAM | Storytime with Lisa Suhair Majaj

1:30 PM 2:45 PM EST

PANEL | SciFi Palestine

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM EST

PANEL | Food Sovereignty

4:15 PM - 5:00 PM EST

CHILDREN'S PROGRAM | “Habibi”, with Naomi Shihab Nye (for big kids, too, up to 99 years)

4:45 PM - 5:30 PM EST

COOKING DEMONSTRATION | Food & Comedy, with Anan and Amer Zahr

5:15 PM - 6:00 PM EST

COFFEE & BOOKS | Sahar Mustafa

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM EST

CHILDREN'S PROGRAM | Recycled Cup Darbuka: A Crafty Arab.

6:00 PM - 6:45 PM EST

PERFORMANCE | Farah Siraj Concert

Friday, December 4, 2020

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM EST

COFFEE & BOOKS | Hala Alayan

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM EST

CHILDREN'S PROGRAM | The Memory Factory: How To Write A Story From An Old Family Photograph

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM EST

COFFEE & BOOKS | Mahmoud Shqeir

11:30 AM - 12:45 PM EST

WORKSHOP | The Graphic Novel

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST

PANEL | The Parallel Lives of Ghassan Kanafani and James Baldwin

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM EST

PANEL | Memoir & Family Biography

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM EST

CHILDREN'S PROGRAM |Colors: Storytime the ArabishWay

4:15 PM - 5:30 PM EST

PANEL | The Cost of Solidarity

5:30 PM - 6:45 PM EST

PANEL | Cultural Dislocation & Dissonance

7:00 PM - 8:15 PM EST

PANEL | Writing Palestinian Queernesss: Literature, poetry, and film

Saturday, December 5, 2020

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM EST

PANEL | Children's & YA Literature

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST

Tatreez Workshop

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM EST

Numbers & Days: Storytime the ArabishWay

11:30 AM - 12:45 PM EST

PANEL | Rewriting the World

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM EST

CHILDREN'S PROGRAM | Animals: Storytime the ArabishWay

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM EST

PANEL | Translation & Publication

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM EST

COFFEE & BOOKS | Atef Alshaer

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM EST

PANEL | Nature Under Settler Colonialism

3:45 PM - 4:15 PM EST

CHILDREN'S PROGRAM | Shared Reading, with Arwa Nasir

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM EST

PANEL | Cultural Appropriation

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM EST

FILM SCREENING | Odyssey of Hope ملحمة الأمل: Film & Discussion with Director Ahmed Mansour.

6:15 PM - 7:00 PM EST

COFFEE & BOOKS | Randa Jarrar

6:45 PM 7:00 PM

PERFORMANCE | Concert, with Shadia Mansour

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST

WORKSHOP | Culture Jamming Workshop

Sunday, December 6, 2020

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM EST

COFFEE & BOOKS | Ibrahim Nasrallah

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM EST

CHILDREN'S PROGRAM | Farah Rocks Summer Break, with Susan Muaddi Darraj

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EST

INTERVIEW | The Internationalism of Sylvia Pankhurst, with Rachel Holmes and susan abulhawa

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM EST

CHILDREN'S PROGRAM | Dabke Dancers Paper Bags: A Crafty Arab

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM EST

INTERVIEW | Palestinian Cinema, with Mai Masri and Victoria Brittain

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM EST

CHILDREN'S PROGRAM | Palestine Landscape Notebook: A Crafty Arab.

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM EST

Letter from Khalida Jarrar

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

PANEL | Keynote: Culture, Solidarity, & Internationalism

4:15 PM 4:30 PM

Closing Remarks

Sponsors


Frequently Asked Questions

The full program will be announced closer to the festival date. However, we will update confirmed speakers as we go along at www.palestinewrites.org
NO. You do not need to download or install any software to participate in our conference. You only need to have access to the Internet.
There’s a “letterboard” gamification system that allows attendees to accumulate “points,” which can be used toward prizes and festival swag. Because this requires postal mail, it is only useful for US residents and a limited number of other countries where we can efficiently and economically send mail.
All attendees must register to attend the festival. If you already have a ticket, please tick the box so indicating, which will not ask you to make a payment. The festival will verify your ticket status and send a confirmation email.
Since tickets to the in-person event were more expensive, there’s a cost difference, which can be used toward the gamification, or letterboard mentioned above. Thus, if you are holding a valid ticket from the March festival, you will automatically have a certain number of points, which you will see when you login.
Your login details will be emailed to you ahead of the event, which can be used when the festival opens.
If you would like to have a table in the exhibit hall, please write to palestinewritesback@gmail.com , using the subject “Vendor Query.” Provide your name, the name of your business if available, what you would like to sell or display, and any other relevant information you would like us to know.
Send an email to tech@vfairs.com for any technical assistance.
Yes! Books, Palestinian olive oil, tatreez, tote bags, jewelry, clothing, and other items will be available for purchase. Some festival swag can be purchased with “points.”
Yes. We understand that not everyone can attend all the live sessions at the festival. We have therefore ensured that all the festival content will remain available 24/7 for 30 days after the last day of the festival.
Yes. The festival is accessible from desktop, mobile and tablet devices. But you must be connected to wifi.
The festival will record the sessions. However, it is against our “Terms of Service” for participants or attendees to record the sessions. Not adhering to the terms is a violation that might result in removal from the festival.
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Most of the sessions will be live. The cooking demonstrations will be pre-recorded, but the chefs will be available to chat and answer questions as if it were live.
Yes. You do not need special permission to watch the Festival in a classroom. We simply ask that you don’t record or otherwise repeat Festival events.

 

For All Inquiries, please email: palestinewritesback@gmail.com