Vijay Prashad, Letters to Palestine: Writers Respond to War and Occupation

On Thursday, June 18, 7:00 pm at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, Vijay Prashad gave a talk about his new book “Letters to Palestine”. The book, a collection of essay from different authors, traces American recognition of Palestinian suffering, struggle, and hope, in writing that is personal, lyrical, anguished, and inspiring. Some of the leading writers of our time, like Junot Diaz and Teju Cole, and Palestinian American activists like Huwaida Arraf, Noura Erakat, and Remi Kanazi, give voice to feelings of empathy and solidarity in intimate letters, beautiful essays, and furious poems.

Vijay Prashad is an Indian historian and journalist. He is the George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College. Two of his most well-known books, Karma of Brown Folk and Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting, were chosen by the Village Voice as books of the year. His book The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World was chosen as the Best Nonfiction book by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.

This event was co-sponsored by AFSC and Jewish Voice for Peace in Western MA.