Fida Jiryis, a Palestinian from the Galilee, now living in Ramallah, discusses the experience of returning from exile to live inside Israel’s borders, the differences between writing in English and Arabic, and why she chose to write a women’s fiction book with a Canadian non-Palestinian protagonist. Fida is one of the contributors to the best-selling new book, Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation, a partnership between the Israeli project Breaking the Silence and U.S.-based authors Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon.
We also speak with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, whose groundbreaking work An Indigenous People’s History of the United States surprised everyone by landing on the New York Times best-seller list. Roxanne reflects on the founding of the women’s movement, and how our history of colonialism, genocide and slavery have led to endless war. Roxanne will be in conversation with Women’s Magazine’s Kate Raphael on Sunday, July 16 at the third Peace Talk sponsored by Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.