Suad Amiry is a Palestinian author and architect currently based in Ramallah, in the West Bank. Brought up in Amman, Damascus, Beirut and Cairo, she went on to study architecture at the American University of Beirut; she continued her studies in Michigan, USA and Edinburgh, Scotland. On returning to Ramallah as a tourist, she met her husband Salim Tamari and decided to stay. She is Director and founder of Riwaq, the Ramallah-based NGO dedicated to protecting Palestinian architectural heritage, founded in 1991. From 1991-1993 she was a member of a Palestinian peace delegation to Washington, DC.
Amiry’s book Sharon and My Mother-in-Law: Ramallah Diaries was published in 2004 and won that year’s Viareggio Prize. Based on diaries and correspondence between 1981 and 2004, the novel gives insight into both the particular trials of living in the Occupied Territories and the more universal problems of coping with in-laws. It has been translated into 17 languages.
Amiry’s most recent books, Golda Slept Here and Nothing to Lose But Your Life: An 18-Hour Journey with Murad were published in 2014 and 2010 by Bloomsbury Qatar.
Website – http://www.riwaq.org/