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One Book, Many Communities – Things You May Find Hidden in My Ear: Poems from Gaza

Event date: 
Sunday, May 5, 2024 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Charis welcomes community members for a discussion of Things You May Find Hidden in My Ear: Poems from Gaza by Mosab Abu Toha as part of the Librarians and Archivists with Palestine’s international reading campaign, One Book, Many Communities!

The “One Book, Many Communities" is a project by Librarians and Archivists with Palestine that invites readers, librarians, and others to organize gatherings to discuss Things You May Find Hidden in My Ear: Poems from Gaza by Mosab Abu Toha. This campaign is designed to introduce readers to the richness of Palestinian literature, and create a broader awareness and understanding of Palestinian history and the struggle for self-determination.

In this poetry debut, Mosab Abu Toha writes about his life under siege in Gaza, first as a child, and then as a young father. A survivor of four brutal military attacks, he bears witness to a grinding cycle of destruction and assault, and yet, his poetry is inspired by a profound humanity.

These poems emerge directly from the experience of growing up and living in constant lockdown, and often under direct attack. Like Gaza itself, they are filled with rubble and the ever-present menace of surveillance drones policing a people unwelcome in their own land, and they are also suffused with the smell of tea, roses in bloom, and the view of the sea at sunset. Children are born, families continue traditions, students attend university, and libraries rise from the ruins as Palestinians go on about their lives, creating beauty and finding new ways to survive.

Hosted by Dartricia Rollins, Charis Circle Assistant Director.

*Even if you have not had time to read this title, please feel free to join us for this discussion!

The event is free and open to all people.

In-person event guidelines: 

  • All attendees must wear a face mask at all times inside the building 

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Event address: 
Charis Books and More
184 S. Candler Street
Decatur, GA 30030
Things You May Find Hidden in My Ear: Poems from Gaza By Mosab Abu Toha Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780872868601
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: City Lights Books - April 26th, 2022

Winner of the American Book Award, the Palestine Book Award and Arrowsmith Press's 2023 Derek Walcott Poetry Prize

National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry Finalist

"Written from his native Gaza, Abu Toha's accomplished debut contrasts scenes of political violence with natural beauty."-The New York Times


Event Summary: 
Charis welcomes community members for a discussion of Things You May Find Hidden in My Ear: Poems from Gaza by Mosab Abu Toha as part of the Librarians and Archivists with Palestine’s international reading campaign, One Book, Many Communities!