Pamela Olson


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


Letters from Palestine
Price: Free! 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.
The Fable of Megastan
You set the price! 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).

Pamela Olson’s tag cloud

911    dick cheney    george w bush    iraq    megastan    palestine    parody    rumsfeld    satire    washington   

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.