Join Geraldine Brooks, Assaf Gavron and Avner Gvaryahu as we launch Kingdom of Olives and Ash in Sydney (Wed 6 June) and Melbourne (Thu 7 June)
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Geraldine Brooks
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Assaf Gavron
Assaf Gavron
Avner Gvaryahu
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Join contributors to 'Kingdom of Olives and Ash' Pulitzer Prize winning author Geraldine Brooks (Sydney only), Israeli prize-winning author Assaf Gavron, and Breaking the Silence executive director Avner Gvaryahu at our events. Both events will also include journalist Debbie Whitmont.

This June in Sydney and Melbourne, we are launching "Kingdom of Olives and Ash", a collection of essays exploring the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank.

To create the book, co-editors Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon teamed up with Breaking the Silence – an Israeli NGO which uses the testimonies of Israel Defence Force soldiers to highlight what is being done in Israel’s name in the Occupied Palestinian territories.

A series of eminent Jewish, Israeli, Palestinian and international authors – including Colum McCann, Jacqueline Woodson, Colm Toibin, Geraldine Brooks and Mario Vargas Llosa – all contributed chapters.

Sydney - Wednesday 6 June at Paddington Town Hall

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Melbourne - Thursday 7 June at Memo Music Hall, St Kilda

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  • Wednesday, June 06, 2018 at 07:30 PM

    Paddington Town Hall in Paddington, Australia

    Launch of Kingdom of Olives and Ash - Sydney

    We are proud to launch the book “Kingdom of Olives and Ash”, a collection of essays marking the 50th year of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, co-edited by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon and New York Times bestselling author Ayelet Waldman.

    26 Jewish, Israeli, Palestinian and global authors – including Geraldine Brooks, Mario Vagos Llosa, Chabon and Waldman – each contributed an essay exploring the ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

    This event – featuring voices with unique experiences in Israel – is an opportunity to engage with the daily reality of Israelis and Palestinians, and gain a deeper understanding of the political and social reality in Israel today.

    A Q&A will follow the discussion as well as book signing from the authors.

  • Thursday, June 07, 2018 at 07:30 PM

    Memo Music Hall in St Kilda, Australia

    Launch of Kingdom of Olives and Ash - Melbourne

    We are proud to launch the book “Kingdom of Olives and Ash”, a collection of essays marking the 50th year of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, co-edited by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon and New York Times bestselling author Ayelet Waldman.

    26 Jewish, Israeli, Palestinian and global authors – including Geraldine Brooks, Mario Vagos Llosa, Chabon and Waldman – each contributed an essay exploring the ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

    This event – featuring voices with unique experiences in Israel – is an opportunity to engage with the daily reality of Israelis and Palestinians, and gain a deeper understanding of the political and social reality in Israel today.

    A Q&A will follow the discussion as well as book signing from the authors.