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SHAHENDA: This is a book on smoking dedicated to Shahenda, my great grandmother, whose father used to leave the end of his rolled cigarette burning in the ashtray and leave the room. Some family rumors say that she started smoking at the age of either five or twelve.


 I invited seventeen artists and curators whom I know and admire. Some are old-time friends, collaborators, and colleagues, and some are recent encounters, but with all of them, I shared a smoke and/or  a conversation on smoking. Each participant responded to an invitation I sent them in June 2015, when I stopped smoking after twenty-two years. The contributions range from fiction to personal confessions to drama to satire.

Editor: Ola El Khalidi 

Co-Editor: Amanda Eicher 

Design: Omar Mismar 

Publishing Coordinator: Diala Khasawnih

Shahenda: On Smoking 

1: She would roll petite cigarettes, petite like her

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Big thank you to our Distribution Angel: Alma Khasawnih


Shipping will take place from Alma's flat in Seattle. We really want to make sure to deliver to anyone who wishes to receive a copy. We know that online shopping and international delivery may come with logistic challenges but please do not let this stop you, send an email to  Ola El Khalidi at and let us talk of the possibilities (delivery through a friend of a friend, meeting half way, etc.).

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