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I was skeptical when Darf Publishers relaunched “with a focus on Arabic literature in translation.”
A March 24 conversation on contemporary Arabic fiction — between short-story writers Hassan Blasim and Hisham Bustani, editors Jennifer Acker and John Siciliano, scholar Mohamed El Sawi Hassan, and publisher Michel Moushabeck — is now online: Although Bustani loomed over the… Read More ›
The Netherlands-based NGO Hivos recently sponsored a “Disrupt! Books!” event in Amman “dedicated…to investigating the possibilities of the internet for the traditional Arabic publishing industries[.]”
The And Other Stories Arabic Reading Group is back with three more Syrian books being considered for publication in English.
A piece in Qantara magazine explores the new trend of crowdfunding support for translations and provides tips from successful crowdfunders.
Periscope is a new imprint from A Midsummer Night’s Press devoted to women’s poetry in translation. Publisher-translator-poet Lawrence Schimel answered questions (why women? why translation? how exactly will this work?) ahead of the house’s Nov. 1 launch.
In the most recent Brooklyn Quarterly, Deep Vellum publisher Will Evans writes an impassioned essay that declares, “I Want You To Start Your Own Publishing House.”
Kotobi.Com, a major new Arabic ebookstore, launched at the end of this year’s Cairo International Book Fair. Managing Director Ashraf Maklad discussed the project’s challenges and opportunities, and what hurdles still need to be cleared.
It’s already a rough year for UK-based publishers who bring out translations from the Arabic. Last month, Quercus — which publishes Elias Khoury in the UK — put itself up for sale. This week, Saqi Books has announced that they’re looking for an investor.
Arabic literature has certainly had its share of bumps, bruises,insults, and injuries in English translation, but just as certainly it’s growing and diversifying. In a year where only three new works were translated from Chinese and distributed in the US, more than 30 were translated from Arabic, from al-Shidyaq’s “Leg Over Leg” to Abdul Aziz al-Mahmoud’s “The Corsair”.
Farah Abdessamad recently launched a Paris-based publishing house that specializes in fiction and non-fiction dealing with armed conflicts and fragile settings. The house, Editions Checkpointed, is looking for manuscripts in English and French. Abdessamad answered a few questions about the enterprise.