Archive | March, 2009

31 March 2009 0 Comments

My favorite Palestinian poet gets a biography

Anyone who has heard Taha Muhammad Ali read his poetry will know he’s the greatest of Palestinian writers. There are others who’ve been better known — Mahmoud Darwish, for example, who died last year and was generally called the Palestinian national poet. But Taha, who sat quietly in his tourist shop in Nazareth until his […]

23 March 2009 0 Comments

The New (Foreign) Journalism

The New York Times features me in an article published this weekend about Global Post, the new foreign news website. As the Times explains, Global Post is intended to replace all the foreign news that’s no longer produced by US newspapers, magazines and tv channels — because those media “cut costs” and fired everyone. I’ve […]

22 March 2009 0 Comments

Matt Beynon Rees at Leipzig Book Festival: Video

On my recent tour of Germany, I was interviewed (in English) on the 3Sat tv channel’s stage at the Leipzig Book Fair. Of the big Germany book festivals, this is the one that gives the most time to readers and authors (the biggest, Frankfurt, is mainly for publishers to get a little more than tipsy […]

22 March 2009 0 Comments

Matt Beynon Rees at Jerusalem Book Week: Video

20 March 2009 0 Comments

A lesson in Middle East politics

On Global Post, I report on the fairly crazy mess (even by Middle East standards) in which both Israeli and Palestinian politics find themselves just now.

20 March 2009 0 Comments

Choosing a title — again, and again, and again…

Guest blogging on A Book Blogger’s Diary, I write about why my publishers like to have a new title for the same book in almost every country…Choosing one is almost as hard as writing the book itself… Almost.

20 March 2009 0 Comments

NY Times recommends "A Grave in Gaza"

In its listing of recommended books new to paperback, The New York Times features the second of my Palestinian crime novels A GRAVE IN GAZA, just out in softcover from Mariner/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. (The UK paperback, titled THE SALADIN MURDERS, has been out in small format for a while already.) Here’s what the Times writes:“Omar […]

8 March 2009 0 Comments

Gaza violence disrupts even the dead

Historic World War I cemeteries badly damaged in recent attacks. By Matt Beynon Rees – GlobalPost In Gaza, violence is so prevalent, even death doesn’t put you beyond its reach. Nor does a grave protect you from further insult to your dignity. The fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas gunmen at the turn of the […]

5 March 2009 0 Comments

Bookslut: The Samaritan’s Secret "Cool Read"

In popular blog Bookslut, Colleen Mondor has a terrific review of a series of books set overseas, giving it a particular slant toward young readers. She designates my new Palestinian crime novel, THE SAMARITAN’S SECRET, her “cool read” of the week. You can see other reviews by Colleen here, but meanwhile this is what she […]

4 March 2009 0 Comments

Madame Secretary, when will we have peace? And bathroom breaks?

By Matt Beynon Rees – GlobalPostPublished: March 4, 2009 15:25 ET RAMALLAH — The further back you are in a motorcade, the more bemused the expression on the faces of the pedestrians watching you speed by. When I passed them, the people of this Palestinian city stared with slack jaws, as though they wondered if […]