Posted on February 29, 2024 at 3:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Literary Hub had two news pieces on the intersection of literature and the ongoing conflict between Israeli and Palestinians.

First, it reported that the latest novel from an imprisoned Palestinian author is a finalist for the 2024 International Prize for Arabic Fiction.

A Mask, the Colour of the Sky was written by Basim Khandaqji, who is serving three life sentences for his participation in planning a deadly suicide bombing.

The Israel Prison Service has said that Khandaqji would not be able to receive the $50,000 prize if he wins.

Another Palestinian author, Osama Al-Eissa, is in the running for the award for his novel The Seventh Heaven of Jerusalem.

And second, Lit Hub ran a piece by literary podcaster and writer Maris Kreizman addressing the Jewish Book Council's initiative to have all antisemitic literary-related incidents reported.

Specifically, Kreizman shares her opinion that there are bigger problems in the world right now.

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