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Discussion of (Code Name: Butterfly) with Ahlam Bsharat & Rebecca Sutton
December 6, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0Free
We are eager here at Souk Levant, in cooperation with Neem Tree Press, Rosetta Stone Bookshop and Alef Bookstores, to host this event with Ahlam Bsharat about her book (Code Name: Butterfly) interviewed by Rebecca Sutton.
**This event is discussed in English**
Butterfly is smart. Some people even say she’s shrewd, but that doesn’t make life any less confusing. Every day throws up new questions and some are too big for her to handle alone. Squirrelling away the difficult ones in her treasure chest, Butterfly creates a place of strength in her imagination. While her classmates turn to protest and violence, Butterfly finds her own form of resilience, her own secret way to find peace in a world of conflict and uncertainty.
Written with ironic humour and touching idealism, Butterfly looks back at a turbulent summer in her early teens, drawing us into her world of adult hypocrisy, sibling rivalries, power struggles with her school friends, unrequited love… and the daily tensions of Palestinian life under military occupation. A teenage perspective on one of the most protracted conflicts of our times, Code Name: Butterfly is a story for all teens grappling with friendship, family and the emotional storms ahead.
Ahlam Bsharat is a Palestinian writer born in 1975 in the small town of Tamoon in the Northern Valley of Palestine. She holds a Master’s degree in Palestinian Literature from Najah University in Nablus following which she became a school teacher and taught creative writing.
Bsharat’s first book of short stories, Because I Love You, was published in 2005, followed by another collection, 40th Day after Death Prayer in Blue, in 2010. She published a collection of letters, If I Think About It, It’s Just Thoughts, in 2009.
Ahlam has also authored several stories for children including Naani Is Carrying The Cake, The Boy Is Looking For His Name, The Window of Zinc, Safwuan Lam Is No Longer a Turtle and My Grandfather’s Bed. She has written three books for children and teenagers, Code Name: Butterfly, Trees for Absent People and a memoir, Poinciana Tree: Memories of a Girl from the Lowest Spot in the World.
Neem Tree Press is a vibrant, new publishing house producing books that change and broaden perspectives. Their books prompt a thirst for knowledge and help us appreciate more deeply the world around us.
It seeks fiction and non-fiction for ages 12+ to adult, focusing on current social, political and financial; global arts, music and culture; science and mathematics; environment, sustainability and health.
Neem Tree Press accepts primarily English but will actively consider other language submissions so long as world English rights are available. Also, it considers all formats, including graphic novels.