“Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine”


Ibtisam Barakat
Poet & Author

*A light lunch is served at 12:30 p.m. Talk begins promptly at 1:00 p.m.

Ibtisam Barakat’s new and intense memoir details her life as she came of age in Palestine from 1972 – 1981, a politically turbulent time in Palestine’s history in particular and Middle Eastern history in general. The book explores several timely and important themes, including human rights and equality, the costs of wars and unresolved racial strife, and the necessity of education for girls worldwide. Balcony on the Moon is the companion to Barakat’s groundbreaking and critically acclaimed earlier memoir, Tasting the Sky, A Palestinian Childhood (FSG, 2007)

Listen to Ibtisam Barakat’s TED talk about her relationship with language here.

Copies of Balcony on the Moon and Tasting the Sky will be available for purchase at the event.


Author Bio
Ibtisam Barakat is an award-winning, Palestinian-American author, poet, translator, artist and educator. Barakat was born in Beit Hanina, East Jerusalem, and grew up in Ramallah, Palestine. She came to the United States for an internship at The Nation magazine in New York City. She holds two Masters degrees, and has taught Language Ethics at Stephens College. Her work centers on healing social injustices, especially in the lives of young people. She authors in both English and Arabic and her writings have been translated into many languages. 


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