Book Release: A Thin Green Line
In this opening night for The Seventh Day Festival, acclaimed author Nir Baram will be joined by prize-winning writer and journalist Gal Beckerman for a special discussion about Baram’s eighteen month reportage-styled travelogue exploring the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
In A Land Without Borders, Nir Baram chronicles his journey as he navigates the conflict-ridden territory to speak with a wide range of people, among them Palestinian-Israeli citizens trapped behind the separation wall, Jewish settlers determined to forge new lives and Palestinian ex-prisoners who, after spending half their lives in Israeli prison, are now promoting peace initiatives. Far from an indifferent spectator, Baram, born to a political family in Jerusalem, wanders compassionately through a labyrinth of colliding voices to face painful challenges to his political views and ultimately his deep-rooted belief in the viability of the two-state solution.
Israel: A Tale of Love and Darkness?
The Jewish return to political power is a modern miracle. But with great power comes great responsibility. Has Israel lived up to its promise? And what comes next for the Jewish state, as it navigates a deeply unstable region and a new American president? Join Daniel Gordis and Nir Baram, two celebrated authors writing from Israel, for a provocative conversation. Copies of Gordis’s new history of Israel will be distributed at the event as a part of The Israel Bookshelf. Copies of Baram’s title will be available for sale, a month before the official publication date.
Nir Baram was born into a political family in Jerusalem in 1976. His grandfather and father were both Israeli Labor Party ministers. He has worked as a journalist and editor, and began publishing fiction 22 years old. Between 1998 and 2006 Nir published three novels in Hebrew; his November 2016 novel Good People was the first to be released in English, and his forthcoming memoir A Land Without Borders: My Journey Around East Jerusalem and the West Bank publishes internationally April 2017.
Daniel Gordis is senior vice president and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College in Jerusalem, Israel’s first liberal arts college, and former vice president of the Mandel Foundation. He writes regular columns for The Jerusalem Post and Bloomberg View. Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn is his eleventh book to publish in English.