Howard Kaplan | Author | The Damascus Cover | Bullets of Palestine 2017-10-16T21:16:13+00:00

HOWARD KAPLAN, a native of Los Angeles, has lived in Israel and traveled extensively through Lebanon, Syria and Egypt. At the age of 21, he was sent on a mission into the Soviet Union to smuggle a dissident’s manuscript on microfilm to London. His first trip was a success. On his second trip, he transferred a manuscript to the Dutch Ambassador inside his Moscow embassy. A week later, he was arrested in Khartiv in the Ukraine and interrogated for two days there and then two days in Moscow, before being expelled from the USSR. The KGB had picked him up for meeting dissidents and did not know about the manuscript transfers. He holds a BA in Middle East History from UC Berkeley and an MA in Philosophy of Education from UCLA. He is the author of four novels.

September 25, 2017 (Boston, MA.); The Boston Film Festival closed out the 33rd annual program on Sunday, September 24, 2017 with an elegant dinner celebration hosted by Frank DePasquale at his Assaggio Restaurant in the North End.

The big winner was Damacus Cover, with six awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Cinematography and Best Ensemble cast. Anne Heche and Mike Vogel participated in a special presentation panel for NBC’s The Brave on Saturday, as well as Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Director Daniel Berk discussing the making of Damascus Cover, which made its World Premiere at the film festival.

A screening of Dabka followed with Barkhad Abdi joining Director Bryan Buckley for the premiere and Q&A. Olivia Culpo walked the red carpet on Friday with her boyfriend, New England Patriots Danny Amendola in support of her film American Satan, along with Augie Director James Keach prior to their respective premieres.

Below is the complete list of winners:

Best Film
Damascus Cover
Best Actor
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Damascus Cover
Best Actress
Olivia Thirlby, Damascus Cover
Best Director
Daniel Berk, Damascus Cover

Los Angeles Times
“Kaplan is not merely the author of two previous best-selling novels built around international intrigue but is probably without peer in his grasp of the delicate and explosive relationship between the Israelis and the Palestinians. This is a thriller in the best tradition by an author who knows the Middle East like the back of his hand.”

American Library Association (starred review)
“A mission inside Syria, a last love affair, and the unfolding of the plot within a plot are handled by the author with skill and a sure sense of the dramatic.”

Kirkus Review
“… a smartly paced criss-cross laced with enough Mid-East semicruises to snare the MacInness armchair tourists.”

Al Fajr (Jerusalem Palestinian Weekly)
“In a conflict where both sides have tended to dehumanize the other, Kaplan has created two extremely human characters—one Palestinian, the other Israeli. In observing such a fictional relationship I found myself looking at the Israelis that I came across this week in a slightly different manner. I found I wanted to try and shed some of the stereotypes that living on one side of the conflict had given me. Maybe this is the purpose of fiction in the first place—to break down barriers.”

BBC News
“The plotting is beautiful.”

St Louis Post-Dispatch
“It’s suspense all the way through.”

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