Pamela Olson

Biography

Pamela Olson grew up in small-town Oklahoma and studied physics and political science at Stanford University, class of 2002.

She lived in Ramallah, Palestine for two years, during which she served as head writer and editor for the Palestine Monitor and as foreign press coordinator for Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi’s 2005 presidential campaign. She's published stories and articles in CounterPunch, Electronic Intifada, Israel’s Occupation Magazine, and The Stanford Magazine among other publications.

In January of 2006 she moved to Washington, DC and worked at a Defense Department think tank to try to bring what she had learned to the halls of power. She eventually became disillusioned with the prospect of changing Washington from the inside, and in 2007, she left DC and started writing Fast Times in Palestine. She lives in New York now, and her book was published in May 2011.

Where to find Pamela Olson online


Where to buy in print


Books

Letters from Palestine
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 106,420. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Civil and human rights
Many books have dealt with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the Israeli perspective. However, few reflect the Palestinian point of view. Letters from Palestine offers an American audience a rare opportunity to listen to actual Palestinian people as they describe what it is like to live in the occupied territories of the West Bank or Gaza, or to grow up as a Palestinian in the U.S.
Simple eBook Formatting for the Technophobic Author
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,620. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
Author Pamela Olson, who has six eBooks to her name, found a way to streamline the eBook formatting process considerably. She presents it here for you for the bargain price of only $2.99. It’s virtually guaranteed to save you many hours (possibly days, and maybe even an ulcer or two). No prior knowledge is required other than a working knowledge of Microsoft Word and internet web browsing.
Tribute for Ronan
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 32,770. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
Oklahoma Girl's Adventures, Volume 3. A true love story starring a dashing Irish sailor that spans three years and three continents, from Croatia to Miami to Iraq, full of love and beauty and tragedy, with a twist so shocking, you might not believe it if it hadn't been printed in several newspapers (and one tabloid).
Camp Golden Shaft
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You set the price! Words: 49,330. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
Oklahoma Girl's Adventures, Volume 2. A young woman's madcap post-college travel experiences, first working at a bizarre (and often hilarious) summer camp in southern Russia, then backpacking solo from Cairo to Istanbul on a shoestring budget, with particularly memorable experiences in Israel and Palestine (which led to the publication of her first full-length book, Fast Times in Palestine).
The Fable of Megastan
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,200. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » History » Middle East
This book is a rollicking retelling of the past 26 years of Iraqi history, with America playing the role of Iraq and a fictional country called Megastan playing the role of America. Its aim is to humanize the stretch of Iraqi history that falls between 1980 and 2006 (and take several hilarious jabs at the powers that be in the process).
Siberian Travels: An Oklahoma girl's journey from Moscow to the Sea of Japan
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 21,610. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
Oklahoma Girl's Adventures, Volume 1. In the fall of 2000, 20-year-old Pamela Olson took her first trip abroad to study in Moscow. In December, she and two friends took the Trans-Siberian Railroad all the way across Asia to the port city of Vladivostok in the Russian Far East. This is an account of their colorful, enlightening, and often hilarious adventures, with several full-color photographs.
The Brimming Void
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,210. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Art and poetry by Pamela J. Olson, author of Fast Times in Palestine. These 29 short poems were written in moments of awe and inspiration in the Middle East, Russia, and California. They are illustrated with pieces of art the author has created and artistic photography she has been featured in. Pamela is not a trained poet or artist, but who knows, you may find something that resonates with you.
Fast Times in Palestine
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 121,390. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Pamela Olson, a small town girl from eastern Oklahoma, had what she always wanted: a physics degree from Stanford University. But instead of feeling excited for what came next, she felt consumed by dread and confusion. This irresistible memoir chronicles her journey from aimless ex-bartender to Ramallah-based journalist and foreign press coordinator for a Palestinian presidential candidate.

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Smashwords book reviews by Pamela Olson

  • Breaking the Siege: Voyages of Free Gaza and the Freedom Flotilla on July 18, 2011

    A vital book that documents the movement to bring the world's attention to the siege of Gaza, and bring the solidarity of the world to Gaza itself, through brave, principled, and often dangerous sea voyages that aim to break the brutal, stifling, and often deadly siege imposed on Gaza's 1.5 million residents by the powerful Israeli army. Alice Walker called the Free Gaza movement "the Freedom Ride of our era." Read this book to learn about the drama, camaraderie, courage, and humor behind the headlines.
  • Smashwords Book Marketing Guide on Aug. 31, 2011

    Terrific basic guidance for marketing your new book. I published my first book in May and since then have been researching the marketing side of things like mad. I can safely say this is the most immediately useful beginner's guide I've seen, with the best, most actionable, and most useful tips for new authors without a lot of funds, without wasting your time with any fluff. He's very kind to offer it for free.