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Author Adina Hoffman lectures April 23 on the life of Palestinian poet

April 17, 2009

Event Calendar Listing
Thursday, April 23
4:30 p.m.
Robert A. Jones House '59 House, located on Hillcrest Road off College Street (Route 125)
Admission: FREE

The life of Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali, native of the now destroyed Galilean village of Safuriyya, is the subject of Adina Hoffman's new book, "My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness: A Poet's Life in the Palestinian Century." The book, published by Yale University Press this month, is the first biography in any language of a Palestinian poet. 

For this lecture, Hoffman will read from and discuss her book, concentrating especially on the problems of reconstructing history. She is also the author of "House of Windows: Portraits from a Jerusalem Neighborhood" (2002), and her essays and reviews have appeared in The Washington Post, The Nation, The American Prospect, The Boston Globe, The Raritan Review and The Times Literary Supplement.

The lecture is sponsored by several Middlebury College organizations including the Program in Jewish Studies, Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, Middle East Studies Program and the Aquinnah Fund.

For more information contact Academic Department Coordinator Charlene Barrett at 802-443-5289 or