The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project

January 28 – February 17, 2015
Mornings in Jenin Book Group

Madison-Rafah Sister City Project, Playgrounds for Palestine-Madison, the Peregrine Forum and the Madison Infoshop Free Skool are partnering to host this book discussion in Madison.

The first session of the Mornings in Jenin book discussion was held at the Madison public library on January 28, in coordination with similar discussions around the world.

The second will meet Tuesday, February 17th, 7 pm at 122 State Street, Suite 200, Madison [Map]. It will cover the novel’s middle chapters on the early Israeli Occupation from 1967-1983, the 1982 Lebanon War, and the Palestinian Diaspora.

A report on the world-wide January sessions can be found here.

January 28 & Ongoing
See the Facebook Event page!

Mornings in Jenin is a sweeping, heart-wrenching historical saga about four generations of the Abulheja family. From Jenin to Jerusalem to Beirut to Philadelphia, the novel follows the family from its displacement from Ein Hod village in 1948 through love and loss over decades of life in Palestine and the diaspora.

Participants should read the first two sections, “Nakba” and “Naksa”, for the first meeting. If you plan to attend, please RSVP before January 20 to rafahsistercity (at) for room size. We also have information on the availability of printed and eBook copies and financial assistance. The book was originally published under the title Scar of David, and there should be no significant difference between the two versions.

We hope you will consider joining us. If you have any questions, please contact rafahsistercity (at)

Librarians and Archivists with Palestine

information workers in solidarity with the Palestinian people

One Book, Many Communities: Mornings in Jenin. January 2015.9781608190461

This winter, join Librarians and Archivists with Palestine for an exciting international reading campaign: “One Book, Many Communities: Mornings in Jenin.” The project draws inspiration from the “one book, one town” idea — wherein people in local communities come together to read and discuss a common book. Librarians and Archivists with Palestine invites readers, librarians, and others to organize gatherings in January 2015 to discuss Mornings in Jenin, the acclaimed novel by Palestinian-American author and activist Susan Abulhawa. (See the toolkit for a promotional code for discounts on book purchases.)

“Every now and again a literary work changes the way people think. Abulhawa…has crafted a brilliant first novel about Palestine… [This] intensely beautiful fictionalized history… should be read by both politicians and those interested in contemporary politics.” – Library Journal

LAP’s “One Book, Many Communities” campaign will introduce readers to the richness of Palestinian literature, and create a broader awareness and understanding of Palestinian history and the struggle for self-determination.

Please join us! If you’re interested in organizing a reading group in your community, let us know and check back here soon for more information and resources. Book groups can be held at a library, university or school, at a local non-profit organization or community center, in your living room, or at a bookstore. If you schedule your event for sometime during the month of January 2015, you’ll be connected to readers across the globe who will be reading and discussing the book at the same time. Use your imagination! And let us know what you’re planning!One Book logo

Librarians and Archivists with Palestine is a network of self-defined librarians, archivists, and information workers in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for self-determination.

The hashtag for the campaign is: #lap1book