Michel S. Moushabeck is a writer, editor, publisher, and musician. He is the founder of Interlink Publishing, a 25-year-old, Massachusetts-based independent publishing house specializing in fiction-in-translation, history, and cultural guides. He is the author of several books including Kilimanjaro: A Photographic Journey to the Roof of Africa (The Armchair Traveller, London, 2011) and A Brief Introduction to Arabic Music (Saqi Books, London, 2014). He is the recipient of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee’s Alex Odeh Award (2010) and The Palestinian Heritage Foundation Achievement Award (2011). He serves on the board of directors of Media Education Foundation. He is also a founding member of the Boston-based Layaali Arabic Music Ensemble. He lives in Leverett, Massachusetts.
A Palestinian in exile remembers Jerusalem’s Old City—the sights and sounds, the tight-knit community—during his last days with his formidable grandfather, the Mukhtar.