Thursday, May 8, 7 p.m.
Award-winning international journalist, NPR producer, professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, and author of THE LEMON TREE: An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East (winner of the BOOKLIST nonfiction book of the year, 2006, and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award)
"Through broad sweeps of narrative going back and forward in time, Tolan’s sensitively told, eminently fair-minded narrative closes with a return to that lemon tree and its promise of reconciliation. Humane and literate-and rather daring in suggesting that the future of the Middle East need not be violent." --Kirkus Review
"The Lemon Tree is not only an empathetic look at the struggles of these Holocaust survivors and Palestinian exiles, but a concise history of their competing claims for Israel and Palestine. The story of Dalia and Bashir’s first face-to-face meeting in 1967, and the remarkable four-decade friendship that has followed, illuminate the personal narratives at the heart of the conflict. Their friendship has never been easy, but both believe it is vital to their work to promote peaceful coexistence, which is centered around the house both call home. As Dalia tells Tolan, 'Our enemy is the only partner we have.'" --Mother Jones