Pamela Olson grew up in a small town in Oklahoma. On a post-college backpacking trip through Palestine, her conceptions of history, politics, and human nature were turned upside down when she stumbled into the middle of the conflict between Palestine and Israel.
Olson tells the story in her book Fast Times in Palestine: A Love Affair with a Homeless Homeland. "The strength of the narrative lies in Olson’s investigation of the personal and mental effects of oppression and war on herself and her newfound friends," says Kirkus Reviews. "An empathetic, intriguing memoir."
Olson will visit Columbus to talk about her book on Sunday and Monday:
- 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 23 at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd.
- 7 p.m. on Monday, March 24 at St. John's Evangelical Protestant Church, 59 East Mound St.
A question and answer session will follow the book discussion. Copies of Olson's book will be available for signing after each event. Both events are free and open to all. Donations are gratefully accepted to help keep the book tour going.