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Live at Brookline Booksmith! Nora Lester Murad with Areen Bahour: Ida in the Middle

Live at Brookline Booksmith! Nora Lester Murad with Areen Bahour: Ida in the Middle

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - 7:00PM ET
Event address: 
Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446-2908

In person at Brookline Booksmith! Celebrate the release of Ida in the Middle with author Nora Lester Murad, in conversation with Areen Bahour.

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Ida in the Middle

Ida, a Palestinian-American girl, eats a magic olive that takes her to the life she might have had in her parents’ village near Jerusalem, in an important coming of age story that explores identity, place, voice, and belonging.

Every time violence erupts in the Middle East, Ida knows what’s coming next. Some of her classmates treat her like it’s all her fault—just for being Palestinian! In eighth grade, Ida is forced to move to a different school. But people still treat her like she’ll never fit in. Ida wishes she could disappear.

One day, dreading a final class project, Ida hunts for food. She discovers a jar of olives that came from a beloved aunt in her family’s village near Jerusalem. Ida eats one and finds herself there—as if her parents had never left Palestine! Things are different in this other reality—harder in many ways, but also strangely familiar and comforting. Now she has to make some tough choices. Which Ida would she rather be? How can she find her place?

Ida’s dilemma becomes more frightening as the day approaches when Israeli bulldozers are coming to demolish another home in her family’s village…

Nora Lester Murad is a writer, educator, activist, co-author of Rest in My Shade: A Poem About Roots, and editor of I Found Myself in Palestine: Stories of Love and Renewal From Around the Globe. From a Jewish American family, Nora married a Muslim Palestinian, and raised three daughters in the West Bank and in the US.

Moderator Areen Bahour is the Director of Implementations at Wise Systems. She grew up in Palestine, but relocated to the Boston area to pursue her degree at MIT. Areen holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Comparative Media Studies. After graduating, she launched her career in the tech world focusing on software implementation and professional services. In parallel to her career, Areen invests her time volunteering to aid in highlighting the Palestinian narrative abroad. These volunteer initiatives include the Boston Palestine Film Festival where she has been an organizer since 2018 and currently serves as the Treasurer of the board.