August Newsletter

Posted on August 20, 2014 |

Excerpt from Palestine Speaks in Guernica Magazine

We are excited to share an early excerpt from our next book release Palestine Speaks: Narratives of Life Under Occupation that Guernica ran this month. READ IT HERE. To read more about Palestine Speaks and pre-order the book from Powell’s Books, click here. We also encourage you to pre-order copies through your local bookseller or request through your library.

Words of Praise for “Palestine Speaks” forthcoming in November 2014

Posted on August 19, 2014 |

The Voice of Witness staff has been so pleased to hear the encouraging reactions of early Palestine Speaks: Narratives of Life Under Occupation readers—especially since those readers include George Saunders, Ben Ehrenreich, and Noam Chomsky. We’d like to share there reactions now and link to an excerpt from one of the narratives that Guernica published last week . . .

A stunning, essential, and heartbreaking book that puts a profoundly human face on the suffering of the Palestinian people. This should be required reading for anyone with an interest in the Middle East, which is to say: everyone.

Like all Voice of Witness books, Palestine Speaks, uses the grand old tools, presenting beautifully shaped narratives that evoke the reader’s empathy and help him see the connections between himself and the people narrating. The effect is magical and empowering–the reader feels a sense of connection and warmth, and is thus able to imagine positive outcomes. In other words, to read a Voice of Witness book is to feel one’s habitual sense of disconnection begin to fall away.” –George Saunders, author of The Tenth of December and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient

“Thirty years ago, Edward Said wrote of the systematic exclusion of Palestinian voices from American public discourse, of Palestinians being denied the ‘permission to narrate’ their own lives. Not nearly enough has changed, but Palestine Speaks–a collection of testimonials from Palestinians narrating their own experiences, their own suffering, their own choices–defies that interdiction. This is a rare and courageous book.” –Ben Ehrenreich, journalist and author of Ether and The Suitors

Palestine Speaks demonstrates that nothing is more eloquent than the voices of those who endure and try valiantly to survive. Nothing is more important for us than to listen to them carefully, to grasp their suffering, to learn from their testimonies about them and about ourselves, and to use this understanding to bring their tragedy to an end.” –Noam Chomsky, author and professor at MIT

To find our more, visit the book page here. We also encourage you to pre-order this title from Powell’s Books or your local bookseller.

Summer Matching Challenge Results . . .

Posted on July 19, 2014 |

The Voice of Witness Summer Matching Challenge just ended this week, and we’re happy to announce that we met our fundraising goal and then some raising $37,000 total! These funds will directly support our book projects, education outreach, and core capacity–all furthering our mission of fostering more nuanced, empathetic understanding of contemporary human rights crises through story.

On behalf of everyone on the Voice of Witness staff, the narrators in our book series, and the educators we work with, THANK YOU! 

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