November 25 Book Club: Addressing Gaza

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Dear Book Club Members,
The votes are in. The book selected for our next ABC meeting is “Minor Detail” by Adania Shibli. Set in 1949 after the Nakba, it explores the tragic events of a young Palestinian woman’s capture and killing by Israeli soldiers. The narrative follows a woman in Ramallah who becomes fixated on this historical ‘minor detail,’ offering a poignant reflection on war, violence, and memory. The novel delves into the core of the Palestinian experience, tackling themes of dispossession, life under occupation, and the challenge of crafting a narrative amidst ongoing erasure and disempowerment. You can find a review of the book by The Guardian Here.
Please find a copy here ( please not the book has a waiting list at BANQ) : 

The Next Two Meetings    

Our meeting to discuss the first half of the book will take place on Saturday, November 25th, from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM. For the December 9th meeting, we plan to delve into the second half, continuing our exploration of this pertinent narrative. As part of our commitment to understanding the Gaza conflict, we have temporarily suspended our previous book selections until the new year.  In support of those affected by this conflict, please help with a donation to The Canadian Palestinian Foundation (CPFQ) The foundation is collecting donations online to offer humanitarian aid to children in Gaza.

Upcoming Meetings  

November 25, 2023
December 9, 2023
January 13, 2024
January 27, 2024
February 10, 2024
February 24, 2024 (In-person event- 3rd International Conference) 
March 9, 2024
March 23, 2024
April 6, 2024
April 20, 2024

Land Acknowledgement  Since our activities are shared digitally to the internet, let’s also take a moment to consider the legacy of colonization embedded within the technologies, structures, and ways of thinking we use every day. We are using equipment and high-speed internet not available in many indigenous communities. Even the technologies that are central to much of the art we make leaves significant carbon footprints, contributing to changing climates that disproportionately affect indigenous peoples worldwide. I invite you to join me in acknowledging all this as well as our shared responsibility: to make good of this time, and for each of us to consider our roles in reconciliation, decolonization, and allyship. –Text credit to Adrienne Wong

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