Susan Abulhawa

Johanna Lawshea

Susan Abulhawa was born to Palestinian refugees of the 1967 war. Currently living in Pennsylvania with her daughter, she is a human rights activist and frequent political commentator. She is the founder of Playgrounds for Palestine, an organization dedicated to upholding Palestinian children’s right to play, even under occupation, and in refugee camps abroad. Her first novel, Mornings in Jenin, was an international success, with rights sold in twenty-five countries. In her latest novel, The Blue Between Sky and Water (Bloomsbury), a Palestinian family that has been violently pushed from their ancient farming village of Beit Daras, tries to reconstitute itself in a refugee camp in Gaza.