Librarians and Archivists with Palestine (LAP) has made a third selection for its international book club and reading campaign: “One Book, Many Communities.”
This year’s book is Ghassan Kanafani’s classic Returning to Haifa, originally published in Arabic in 1969 and translated into English by Barbara Harlow.
The “One Book, Many Communities” project, now in its third year, was inspired by similar “one book, one town” events, where local communities come together to read and discuss a common book.
LAP’s inaugural 2015 selection was Susan Abulhawa’s Morning in Jenin. A total of 36 groups met around the world and discussed the book. According to LAP organizers, “In some places, the groups were small, consisting of 4 to 6 attendees. In other places, groups were larger, consisting of 20 or more participants.” The largest was in Venice, Italy, where “over 100 people attended a theatrical program, featuring music, dramatic readings, and projections.”
The 2016 selection was Suad Amiry’s satiric Sharon and My Mother-in-Law, which stands along with Emile Habibi’s Saeed the Pessoptimist and Sayed Kashua’s Native, as classics of humorous Palestinian writing. For Amiry’s book, “After a launch event with Amiry in Brooklyn, NY (video), reading groups in North America, Europe, and the Middle East attracted audiences ranging from intimate groups of fewer than 10 people to scores in some Italian cities.”
2017 events will be held in April of this year, and you can check the LAP site soon for a toolkit and more.
The “One Book, Many Communities” logo is by Hilary Allison.