The great Palestinian author Ghassan Kanafani was born on this day in 1936: Kanafani was born in Akka to a prominent lawyer and started his studies at Les Frères, a French missionary school in Jaffa. His life changed significantly when… Read More ›
“Apart from books in Hebrew, there are also an impressive collection of books in Russian, English, Spanish and French.”
At first, I thought, “Hmm, this foreword might alienate people.” Later, I was more annoyed by how it had shaped the way in which I approached the book.
“I’m for human and architectural progress, and not looking at the past with excess consecration or romanticization.”
Acclaimed novelist Atef Abu Saif — who is shortlisted for this year’s International Prize for Arabic Fiction — has been selected as the winner of a new summer residency: The London-based “Arab Writer’s Residency Programme” is sponsored by Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing (BQFP) and… Read More ›
“It’s not a one-way process. I can’t think of a [British] writer who hasn’t been changed by going to one of the places that we tend to go on visits. Whether it’s a political or a stylistic idea or a general feeling of the country, it changes the writers.”
Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh has now gone more than a year without trial in Saudi prisons on the ostensible charge that he’s been “insulting the Godly self” through his poetry “and having long hair.”
Palestinian poet and artist Ashraf Fayadh was arrested by Saudi authorities on January 1, 2014 — charged with “insulting the Godly self and having long hair” — and has yet to face trial.
Yesterday in Jerusalem, Palestinian author Suad Amiry launched her latest book, “Golda Slept Here,” just released by Bloomsbury.
Sonia Nimr’s ‘Strange Travels in Amazing Lands’ Wins Etisalat’s YA Award for Arabic Children’s Literature
This morning, the Etisalat prize for Arabic Children’s Literature announced that Sonia Nimr’s Strange Travels in Amazing Lands was chosen as the second annual winner in its Young Adult category.
Today, organizers will announce the winners of the Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature, including in the Young Adult category. Last year, Taghreed Najjar’s “Sitt al-Kol” was on a very strong five-book YA shortlist as she is again, this year, for “Hawk Eye Mystery.” “Sitt al-Kol” has not yet been published in English, although the story certainly would have wide appeal.
This winter, Librarians and Archivists with Palestine (LAP) is coordinating a new international reading campaign called “One Book, Many Communities.” It’s a shared book club across boundaries and borders, and will launch in January 2015 with Susan Abulhawa’s Mornings in Jenin: According to LAP’s Melissa Morrone,… Read More ›