Fast Times in Palestine, tells the story of Pamela Olson, a young woman from small-town Oklahoma whose political innocence was shattered when she wandered into the West Bank in late 2003. Her fellow travelers and young Palestinians introduce her to a world of soul-destroying injustice that outsiders seldom hear about. With new knowledge and dizzying speed, Pamela finds herself working as a journalist, serving as the foreign press coordinator for a Palestinian presidential candidate, and witnessing the Disengagement from inside the Gaza Strip. Funny, gorgeous, surprising, and galvanizing, Olson’s memoir changes the way we think about the Middle East.
Monday, August 15th at 7PM At Bluestockings Books | http://bluestockings.com 172 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002, (212) 777-6028 For directions click HERE
It’s love in the time of occupation as Pamela Olson… takes us on the emotional roller-coaster of her very personal experience of life in Ramallah and in doing so lays bare the human drama of a people… determined to live free.— Tony Karon, Senior Editor, TIME
A moving, inspiring account of life in Palestine that’s enormously informative yet reads like a novel — Rebecca Vilkomerson, Jewish Voice for Peace
In a field overcrowded with arcane academic texts and strident polemics, Pamela Olson has broken through with a refreshing read that packs gritty journalism into a fast-paced, intimate personal narrative.— Max Blumenthal, Author of Republican Gomorrah
Join us this Thursday July 7th, at 7pm for a book launch celebrating the release of Fast Times in Palestineand a very special conversation with author Pamela Olson and Noor Elashi. Admission is free and open to the public.
Fast Times in Palestine is a ground-breaking novel about the modern Palestinian reality, told through the eyes of a young woman from small-town Oklahoma whose political innocence was shattered when she wandered into the West Bank in late 2003. With dizzying speed she found herself working as a journalist, serving as the foreign press coordinator for a Palestinian presidential candidate, and witnessing the 2005 Disengagement from inside the Gaza Strip. The narrative focuses not only on violence, terror, and social and political upheavals but also on the daily rounds of house parties, concerts, barbecues, weddings, jokes, harvests, and romantic drama that happen in between. Funny, gorgeous, shocking, and galvanizing, this book challenges the way Americans think not only about the Middle East but about human nature and our place in the world. Fast Times in Palestine is available on Amazon HERE.
Project Palestine is an organization aimed at illustrating the Palestinian condition through films, music, literature, poetry and art.
PRAISE FOR FAST TIMES IN PALESTINE
“Olson’s masterful storytelling, imagery and wit take the reader on a transformative journey through Palestine.”
—Anna Baltzer, author of Witness in Palestine
“Pamela Olson leads the reader on an exciting, funny, at times heart-wrenchingjourney, carefully deciphering complex political and historical issues. Olson is a talented writer, intelligent and exceptional in her ability to convey both tragedy and hope.”
—Ramzy Baroud, author of My Father was a Freedom Fighter
“It’s love in the time of occupation as Pamela Olson… takes us on the emotional roller-coaster of her very personal experience of life in Ramallah — and in doing so lays bare the human drama of a people… determined to live free.” —Tony Karon, Senior Editor, TIME Magazine
“A moving, inspiring account of life in Palestine that’s enormously informative yet reads like a novel.”
—Rebecca Vilkomerson, Executive Director, Jewish Voice for Peace
“Pamela Olson operates in a great tradition of American explorers, from Martha Gellhorn to Susan Meiselas to Rachel Corrie — open-minded women who have thrown off a lot of tired received wisdom about a fearful part of the world in order to see it for themselves, then brought that understanding back to their own culture. This book is a triumph of sympathy and observation.” —Philip Weiss, Editor of Mondoweiss
An update from Andy Stepanian, co-founder of the Sparrow Project.
For the past 24 hours I have been glued to twitter as a few of my close friends set out with the US Boat to Gaza with hopes of documenting the breaking of the maritime blockade that has economically crippled Gaza since 2006 and isolated 1.6 million Palestinians in what some humanitarians are calling “the world’s largest open-air prison.”
Shortly after my release from the Communications Management Unit I started a project, reaching out to families of political prisoners still held in the CMU. It was through these efforts that I met two amazing people — Paul Park and Noor Elashi. I met Paul while documenting the efforts of Project Palestine. Paul directed and shot this video and Noor helped story board the piece.
With high profile interviews from academics, humanitarians and artists their video provides a brilliant response to the accusations levied against the flotilla by media outlets that support the blockade. As activists we already understand that the flotilla’s purpose is not one of confrontation nor is it aligned with any Palestinian authority, but savvy PR initiatives by many special interests are quick to label the flotilla as such and in-tern they cultivate fear and distrust within the Israeli populace, inflame IDF forces that may at one point engage the flotilla, and control the flotilla narrative amidst the international community. It is important that we as activists turn the tide in the smothering public relations efforts levied from these special interests. Please take a moment this afternoon to share their video on social networks, twitter, etc.
We will be posting updates on and from the flotilla in real time via our twitter account http://twitter.com/sparrowmedia we invite you to join this conversation and help us to wage our own grassroots PR effort in solidarity with the people of Gaza.