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Reading of Pearls on a Branch by Yasmine Al Massri

Part of TILT KIDS FESTIVAL 2018

©Archipelago Books ©Yasmine Al Massri

As part of Tilt Kids Festival 2018

Discover unique and beautiful tales by women from the Arab world!

Award-winning actress Yasmine Al Massri brings to life traditional Syrian and Lebanese folktales, passed down through generations by women, and collected by Najla Khoury in Pearls on a Branch: Oral Tales.

Khoury originally published these tales in Arabic in 2014, having collected them as she traveled through Lebanon with a theater troupe during the country’s civil war from 1975 to 1990. In March 2018, Archipelago books publishes a selection of these most popular tales, translated from Arabic by Inea Bushnaq.

[T]hese tales are radiant with sunlight and flowers, jinns and spirits, palaces and sultans… the themes will resonate with anyone who loves fairy tales and folklore… An absolute delight for readers young and old.” — Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal


Presented in partnership with the Consulate General of Lebanon in New York

Tilt is made possible thanks to the support of Air France and Delta Air Lines, FACE Foundation, Florence Gould Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Institut Français, the French Ministry of Culture, SACD (Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques), NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Jacadi, and La Roche-Posay.

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