Sunday, May 30, 2010

Congratulations to Michel Moushabeck!

Congratulations to Michel Moushabeck, publisher of Interlink Publishing, whose motto, "Changing the Way People Think about the World," is precisely what he's been doing. Interlink is perhaps the single most important American press representing the literature and culture of the Arab world to English speakers. A well-deserved honor. Go out and check out Interlink's unparalleled selection, particularly of Palestinian and Israeli literature, on their website.

Washington, DC | May 29, 2010 | | The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is proud to announce that the 2010 Annual Alex Odeh Memorial Award will be presented to Mr. Michel Moushabeck. The award is presented annually to an individual who demonstrates exceptional leadership, public service, and commitment to ADC and the Arab American community. ADC is recognizing Mr. Moushabeck for his unwavering dedication in empowering Arab-Americans, and his commitment to education through artistic expression.

The Award will be presented to Mr. Moushabeck at the Saturday Evening Gala Banquet, on June 5, between 7PM-10PM, during the 30th Anniversary National Convention. This historic Convention will be held from June 4 - 6, 2010, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, DC.

You can register for the Convention by clicking here. Tickets to the Saturday evening Gala can be purchased by clicking here. A full schedule of events is available by clicking here.


Mr. Michel Moushabeck is a writer, editor, publisher and musician. Mr. Moushabeck is a versatile percussionist with over 35 years experience in tala, riqq, and daff performance. In addition to classical Arabic, he is comfortable playing a variety of musical styles from jazz to flamenco to Afro-Cuban rhythms. Mr. Moushabeck came to the U.S. in 1979, attended New York University, and has since performed at notable concert halls worldwide. He is a founding member and lead percussionist of the Boston-based Layaali Arabic Music Ensemble. He serves on the Board of Media Education Foundation and he lectures frequently on Arabic music and literature-in-translation.

Mr. Moushabeck is also the founder of Interlink-Publishing, a 24-year old Massachusetts-based independent publishing house, which publishes socially and politically engaged nonfiction that enhances and broadens people's understanding of the Arab world, often on topics underrepresented or ignored by the Western media. Interlink also publishes many award-winning Arab American authors including works by the late Edward W. Said, the late Hisham Sharabi, Jack G. Shaheen, Nathalie Handal, Gregory Orfalea, among many other distinguished writers. Mr. Moushabeck is also the author of five books including, most recently, Kilimanjaro: A Photographic Journey to the Roof of Africa. His two forthcoming books include: Andalucia: A Photographic Journey through Moorish Spain (Charleston Travel, London, 2011) and A Brief Introduction to Arabic Music (Saqi Books, London, 2011).

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