IBTISAM BARAKAT is an award-winning Palestinian-American author of the international memoirs: TASTING THE SKY, a Palestinian Childhood (FSG, 2007), and BALCONY ON THE MOON, Coming of Age in Palestine (FSG/Macmillan 2016). She is also a poet, essayist, translator, public speaker, artist and the author of books in Arabic. She is the founder of Write Your Life seminars. Her name has a meaning. Ibtisam means a smile in Arabic. Barakat means blessings. And consequently she wishes you a smiling and a blessed experience at the Unbound Book Festival.