November 18th: Fireside Chat with Jen Marlowe

The Hour of Sunlight, with Jen Marlowe

Fireside Chats Series

Sunday, November 18th, 2012, 6:30-8:30 PM

NWLA’s series, “Fireside Chats” is a forum on a human scale to engage around socially important issues central to our mission of helping people develop the capacity to thrive in a global community.  Join us around the fireplace in the intimate, relaxed surroundings of the Cultural Center’s large sitting room, and engage with renowned international speakers, researchers, journalists, and travelers.

On November 18th, Seattle author Jen Marlowe will lead a “Fireside Chat” on her book The Hour of Sunlight: One Palestinian’s Journey from Prisoner to Peacemaker, co-authored with Palestinian peace activist Sami al Jundi. Marlowe will give a presentation and reading, followed by a question and answer session. A donation of $25-$15 is suggested at the door.

The Hour of Sunlight (2011, Nation Books) illuminates the Palestinian experience through the story of one man’s struggle for peace.  As a teenager in Palestine, Sami al Jundi had one ambition: overthrowing Israeli occupation.  With two friends, he began to build a bomb to use against the police.  But when it explored prematurely, killing on of his friends, al Jundi was caught and sentenced to ten years in an Israeli jail.  It was in prison that his unlikely transformation began.  Al Jundi was welcomed into a highly organized, democratic community of political prisoners, and left prison determined to fight for his people’s rights—but with a very different notion of how to undertake that struggle.  He co-founded the Middle East program of Seed of Peace Center for Coexistence, which brings together Palestinian and Israeli youth.

Jen Marlowe is a Seattle-based author, documentary filmmaker, playwright, and human rights advocate.  She lived and worked in Jerusalem from 2000-2004, using techniques from her past in theater to engage in dialogue-based conflict resolution with Palestinian and Israeli teenagers.  She has also done conflict resolution work with youth in Afghanistan, Cyprus, India, Pakistan, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.  Her award-winning documentaries include Darfur Diaries: Message from Home, Rebuilding Hope, and One Family in Gaza. She is the author of Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival, The Hour of Sunlight, and a play about the Israeli-Palestine experience, There is a Field. Her next book, I am Troy Davis, is the story of Troy Davis, who was executed by the state of Georgia in 2011 despite an international outcry over his strong case for innocence, and his sister Martina Davis Correia, who staunchly defended him while battling terminal breast cancer.  It will be released in June 2013.  Marlowe’s articles about Palestine/Israel, Sudan, and the death penalty can be found at The Nation,,, Yes!, Colorlines, and the Massachusetts Review. She is the founder of Donkeysaddle Projects, a program that uses writing, film and theater to expose the resilience and courage of those who have been marginalized and oppressed and choose resistance with humanity and dignity.

This event is with Moonraker Books and Hedgebrook.

The event will be held at the NWLA Cultural Center in Langley, on Whidbey Island.  Overnight accommodations are available in the Cultural Center’s luxurious Guesthouse.

Reserve early at 360-321-2101 or [email protected].