Join me and host Noor Elashi for the OFFICIAL BOOK LAUNCH of Fast Times in Palestine! The program will include a presentation, interview, readings, Q&A, book signing, lots of laughs, and FREE Mediterranean Food (including mini-musakhan, my favorite Palestinian dish).

Thursday, July 7 at 7pm

The New School’s fabulous Wollman Hall
65 West 11th St. (at 6th Avenue), 5th Floor
New York, NY

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Here’s the official flyer for the event, sponsored by Project Palestine and the New School’s Graduate Program in International Affairs (click to see full-sized version):

I hope you can make it…

And please feel free to spread the word!

For more information about the book, click here.
To read Chapter One of Fast Times, click here.
To purchase the book on, click here.
To purchase the eBook on Amazon Kindle, click here.
To purchase the eBook for iPhone or iPad will full-color photographs, click here.

Paperback is $14.95, eBook is $5.99 — 20% of all profits from the book in June will go to the US BOAT TO GAZA campaign.

Here’s the small text of the flyer:

“Olson’s masterful storytelling, imagery, and wit take the reader on a transformative journey through Palestine.”

— Anna Baltzer, author of Witness in Palestine

FAST TIMES IN PALESTINE is a ground-breaking new book 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, FAST TIMES IN PALESTINE challenges the way Americans think not only about the Middle East but about human nature and our place in the world.

See you there, inshallah!