Ottawa Book Festival: Jewish and Palestinian playwrights talk about Israel/Palestine, April 30th


On April 30th,  The Ottawa Writers Festival will feature two Canadian authors, one Palestinian, the other Jewish. They will discuss their new collection of plays, entitled Double Exposure, Plays of the Jewish and Palestinian Diasporas. Moderated by Canadian Jewish playwright, Arthur Milner. Read more. See exclusive video interview with one of the playwrights. 

The prestigious Ottawa Writers Festival will be featuring a volume of seven plays—three by Jewish playwrights, three by Palestinian playwrights, and one a collaboration by both— which tackles one of the remaining thematic taboos for many theatres in Canada – the issue of Israel/Palestine. Varying in genre between drama and comedy, and in the political opinions of their characters, Double Exposure offers distinct diaspora perspectives that turn the political into the personal.

The anthology was edited by Canadian playwrights Stephen Orlov of Montreal and Samah Sabawi, (formerly of Ottawa, now living in Australia).

Canada Talks Israel/Palestine spoke with Jewish Canadian playwright Arthur Milner who will moderate the Book Festival events.

The collection includes The Peace Maker by Natasha Greenblatt; Sabra Falling by Ismail Khalidi; Bitterenders by Hannah Khalil; Facts by Arthur Milner; Sperm Count by Stephen Orlov; Tales of a City by the Sea by Samah Sabawi; and Twenty-One Positions: A Cartographic Dream of the Middle East by Abdelfattah AbuSrour, Lisa Schlesinger, and Naomi Wallace.

The event will take place on Sunday, April 30th at Christchurch Cathedral, 414 Sparks Street, Ottawa @ 2:00 p.m..

For more information visit the Ottawa Book Festival webpage.

NOTE – MONTREAL EVENT APRIL 29TH: “Double Exposure: Plays of the Jewish and Palestinian Diasporas” to ALSO be featured at Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival. Moderated by Gazette critic Jim Burke, with scene readings by actors.
1:30-3:00 pm at Hotel 10 (10 Sherbrooke St west) in Salle Godin.


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