University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Ibtisam Barakat

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Ibtisam Barakat, is an award-winning Palestinian-American author, poet, translator, artist and educator. Her work centers on healing social injustices, especially in the lives of young people.

Barakat was born in Beit Hanina, East Jerusalem, and grew up in Ramallah, Palestine. She came to the US for an internship at the Nation magazine in New York City. She holds two master's degrees and has taught language ethics at Stephens College and is the founder of Write Your Life seminars. She is an international speaker and publishes in both English and Arabic.

Her books include the critically acclaimed international memoir: Tasting the Sky, a Palestinian Childhood, and her newest book Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine.

Barakat's appearance at the Tucson Festival of Books is sponsored by the UA Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

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Scheduled events:
Voices from Palestine
UA Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern and North African Studies Maha Nassar and Palestinian-American author Ibtisam Barakat explore the experience of coming of age in Palestine across multiple generations, the complexities of memoir and historical reckoning, and the central role of writing in forming bonds of both solidarity and resistance.

Social & Behavioral Sciences Tent (Seats 140, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 10, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Signing area: Signing Area - Social & Behavioral Sciences Tent (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Ibtisam Barakat, Maha Nassar
Moderator: Lisa Adeli
Crossing Borders and Opening Minds
Four authors talk about the real and imagined borders that their characters must cross and how these experiences open their minds to new perspectives and understandings of self and world. Steven Frank's Armstrong and Charlie face the racial borders of school integration, while Jewell Parker Rhodes's characters deal with historical racism in Ghost Boys. N.H. Senzai in "Escape from Aleppo" focuses on borders that reflect an escape from the horrors of war and the flight to safety, while Ibtisam Barakat shares the oppressive borders she faced growing up in Palestine.

Education Room 351 (Seats 48, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 11, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Ibtisam Barakat, Steven Frank, N. Senzai, Jewell Parker Rhodes
Moderator: Holly Johnson

Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine
History / Biography
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
October 2016
ISBN 9780374302511
240 pages
$17.99, INSTORE
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A stand-alone companion to the successful Tasting the Sky, this memoir further examines the author's childhood in Palestine.

Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood
History / Biography
Square Fish
October 2016
ISBN 9781250097187
208 pages
$9.99, INSTORE
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"When a war ends it does not go away," my mother says."It hides inside us . . . Just forget!" But I do not want to do what Mother says . More/less

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