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Saeed Teebi

Saeed Teebi was born to Palestinian parents in Kuwait, lived in the United States, and has lived in Canada since 1993. He is a lawyer and writer based in Toronto.

Fiction (Short stories)

Her First Palestinian and Other Stories

Toronto: House of Anansi Press, 2022.
PS8639.E445 H47 2022

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

Saeed Teebi’s intense, engrossing stories plunge into the lives of characters grappling with their experiences as Palestinian immigrants to Canada. A doctor teaches his girlfriend about his country, only for her to fall into a consuming obsession with the Middle East conflict. A math professor risks his family’s destruction by slandering the king of a despotic, oil-rich country. A university student invents an imaginary girlfriend to fit in with his callous, womanizing roommates. A lawyer takes on the impossible mission of becoming a body smuggler. A lonely widower travels to Russia in search of a movie starlet he met in his youth in historical Jaffa. A refugee who escaped violent circumstances rebels against the kindness of his sponsor. These taut and compelling stories engage the immigrant experience and reflect the Palestinian diaspora with grace and insight.

Awards and Honours

2022 Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize (Finalist)
2023 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize-Literary Fiction (Finalist)
2023 Danuta Gleed Literary Award (Finalist)


Publisher House of Anansi Press