AFSC is organizing a speaking tour featuring some of the authors published in Light in Gaza: Writings Born of Fire in the fall 2022.

AFSC will also be planning a series of online events with authors in 2022 and 2023.

For more information and ways to connect, email us at

On October 6 at 1 PM ET, AFSC and Haymarket Books will launch Light in Gaza with a webinar event featuring contributors Refaat Alareer, Mosab Abu Toha, and Jehad Abusalim. The event will be livestreamed on Haymarket Books' YouTube Channel. 

AFSC is excited to host a speaking tour featuring Asmaa Abu Mezied and Yousef Aljamal, contributors to the Light in Gaza anthology in the following U.S. cities in October.

Monday, October 17: Chicago
Grace Place Sanctuary: 637 S. Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60605
6:30 p.m. CT
Program moderated by Leena Odeh, community weaver and founding member of the Palestinian Feminist Collective. 

Featured guests: Asmaa Abu Mezied and Yousef Aljamal
Co-sponsoring groups: Haymarket Books, American Muslims for Palestine, Chicago Area Peace Action, Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago, US Palestinian Community Network

Wednesday, October 19: Washington, D.C.
Palestine Center: 2425 Virginia Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20037
1 p.m. ET
Featuring guest speakers: Jehad Abusalim, Asmaa Abu Mezied, and Yousef Aljamal
This event will be livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook via Palestine Center.

Busboys and Poets: 450 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001 
5:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m. ET
Featuring guest speakers: Dorgham Abusalim, Jehad Abusalim, Asmaa Abu Mezied, Yousef Aljamal
Moderated by Andrew Kadi, an organizer in support of Palestinian rights and working on civil society initiatives among Palestinians.  

Friday, October 21: Philadephia, PA
Germantown Mennonite Church: 21 West Washington Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144
7 p.m. — 9 p.m. ET (Doors open at 6:30)
Featuring guest speakers: Asmaa Abu Mezied and Yousef Aljamal
Co-sponsors: Haymarket Books, Harriett's Books, Al-Bustan - Seeds of Culture, Jewish Voice for Peace - Philadelphia, Christian Jewish Allies for a Just Peace in Israel-Palestine

Monday, October 24: New York, NY


Wednesday, October 26: Boston, MA
The Community Church of Boston: 565 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
7 p.m. — 8:30 p.m. ET
Featuring speakers: Jehad Abusalim, Asmaa Abu Mezied, Yousef Aljamal
Co-sponsors: American Friends Service Committee, The Water Justice Alliance Project, Jewish Voice for Peace - Boston, Massachusetts Peace Action, the Transnational Literature Series at Brookline Booksmith (books sold by Brookline Booksmith)

Thursday, October 27: Boston, MA
The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University: Room 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138
12:30 p.m. — 2:30 p.m. ET
Co-sponsors: Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Middle East Forum and the Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative, Religion and Public Life, Harvard Divinity School

Tuesday, November 1: Decatur, GA
Claris Books & More and Claris Circle: 184 S. Candler St. Decatur, GA 30030
In-person and virtual event
7:30 p.m. — 8:30 p.m. ET
Light in Gaza: Writings Born of Fire – Yousef M. Aljamal in conversation with Dr. Ilise Benshushan Cohen
See bookstore website for covid protocols.
All attendees and employees will be masked.