“I want to tell a really good story. So, for me, a lot of it was about looking at my family’s really good stories and there are a lot of escapades. My father’s family is filled with mischievous, troublesome, criminal and poetic elements. And also extremely accomplished people,” said Diana Abu-Jaber about the influences that formed her new book, Fencing with the KingOn this new The Literary Life conversation, Diana and Mitchell discuss her Palestinian-American roots, exile and displacement, a long-kept family rivalry, fencing, and Mediterranean food. Enjoy this episode with a side of falafel and sweet baklava. Recorded at Books and Books in Coral Gables.

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