Book Club: Ramallah Chapter (English)
We have been hosting Book Club chapters for two years now and are pleased to continue sharing English books. If you are interested in our Arabic chapter, check out the announcement for upcoming meetings.
Reading can be a wonderful experience but being able to share with others your excitement or disappointment can make it that much better! If you would like to join a chapter, email us and pick up a reading kit. There is no cost (except for a returnable deposit for borrowed books).
Febtuary's Book of the Month
"Sour Lips" by Omar El-Khairy
About the author: Omar is the 2013 Leverhulme Associate Playwright at the Bush Theatre and has previously collaborated with the Royal Court, the Soho Theatre, Theatre 503, the Arcola, the Lyric and Old Vic New Voices (T. S. Eliot UK/US Exchange). His plays include Burst (produced through Paper Tiger), Sour Lips commissioned as part of the Counter-Culture season at Ovalhouse and Given the Times, which was commissioned in 2011 as part of Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights.
He is currently developing two new plays. Soft Sands, a story of friendship and solidarity set within the world of Gazan smuggling tunnels, and For Queen & Country, a black comedy about British identity in these times of global securitocracy.
About the book: I was still living as an Arab Muslim in America. I struggled with coming out to friends and family, and so I decided to come back to Syria. It hasn't been easy. But we are here, just as we are everywhere.
DAMASCUS 18:00 – Amina was walking near Fares Al-Khouri Street when three armed men seized her. According to an eyewitness, Amina was bustled into ared Dacia Logan with a bumper sticker of Basel Assad. The men are assumed to be members of the Ba'ath Partymilitia or one of the security services. Amina's present location is still unknown.
Following the story of Amina Arraf, the blogger known as 'A Gay Girl In Damascus', and the events fomented by the media's coverage of her kidnapping, Sour Lips fuses fantasy and non-fiction to create its own speculative narrative.
Discussion date: Saturday, February 22, 2014
Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Location: Cafe La Vie, Ramallah