Lilas Taha is a writer at heart, an electrical engineer by training, and an advocate for domestic abuse victims by choice. She was born in Kuwait to a Syrian mother and a Palestinian father, and immigrated to the U.S. as a result of the Gulf war in 1990.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in Electric Engineering from Kuwait university and a master’s degree in Human Factors Engineering from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. There, Lilas met her beloved husband and true friend, and moved with him to Texas to start a family. She is the proud mother of a daughter and a son. Instead of working in an industrial field, she applied herself to the field of social safety, working with victims of domestic violence.

Pursuing her true passion for creative writing, Lilas brings her professional interest and Middle Eastern background together in her novels.

Interview Links:

Interview in The National

Interview in Sukoon Magazine

Interview in Qatar Tribune

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

English and Arabic book signing event for Bitter Almonds in Amman, Jordan on October 1st, 2018 during the Amman Book Fair

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Touching Hearts: An Engineer who writes from the heart, touching others.

Full Interview in Qatar Tribune

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رؤية عميقة للرواية في جريدة الحياة

حياة الفلسطيني بين “اللوز المر”… والأمرّ

Announcing the release of the Arabic translation for Bitter Almonds as اللّوز المُرّ

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Join me for a conversation with Georgetwon University in Qatar on January 24, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. For more information click here

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Join me to discuss rhetorical devices uses on Thursday, October 26, 3-5 pm at Tracy Gee Community Center as part of the Houston Writers Guild Fall/Winter Seminar Series. Free to all Houston writers. Click here for more details.

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Let’s help out Houston residents affected by hurricane Harvey. All proceeds will be donated to the Harvey Relief Fund. Starting date pushed to September 16. Let’s work together on Novel Writing at the Fig Writer’s Studio in Houston. For registration and more details click here

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Had uplifting and deep discussions with the book club ladies of the American Association of University Women AAUW- Fort Bend chapter on July 3, 2017.

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“وفي ثنايا الرواية تفيض الروح الإنسانية والنضالات المعقدة التي يخوضها الأشخاص العاديون وهم يحاولون التغلب على ظروف حياتهم الاستثنائية” – More on Aljazeera Arabic المزيد على

“A love story rooted in history and Palestinian culture, Bitter Almonds is inspired by the tremulous events in the Middle East and author Lilas Taha’s family history.” – read more about Bitter Almonds in the Gulf-Times

Proud to announce that Bitter Almonds won the 2017 International Book Award in the Fiction-Multicultural category.

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Sincere thanks to the ladies of AAUW West Harris County Branch book club for the warm welcome, thoughtful discussion and powerful encouragement. March, 2017.

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Sincere thanks to the members of the American Association of University Women AAUW Fort Bend chapter, Texas for an enlivening and heartwarming discussion. Honored to have been invited and included, February 2017.

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Taha will give a workshop on novel writing in Houston every Saturday in September, 2017 at The Fig Writers Studio. For full details on the interactive workshop click here

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A lively discussion, fantastic setting and a wonderful book club group at Nofa Creative Space, Amman Jordan.

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Taha is honored to be chosen Person of the Month by the National Arab American Women’s Association NAAWA for the month of September 2016. Read full article here.

Bitter Almonds is out with a new look in paperback and eBook (Kindle and Kobo)

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Bitter Almonds is now available in large print by Ulverscroft Publishing Ltd

ABC Treehut in The Hague, The Netherlands, in partnership with HBKU Press, hosted a reading and book signing for Palestinian-American author, Lilas Taha. Ms Taha read from her latest novel, Bitter Almonds. Click here for details.

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Reading and book signing on April 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm at TIRAZ Centre, Amman, Jordan.

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