An email from the group Read Kutub* says:

As a reminder, we meet next week on Monday, March 1st to discuss Gate of the Sun (Bab al Shams) by Elias Khoury.

Immediately following our meeting there are two exciting book events in the UAE.

Well, not immediately. One can go home to brush one’s teeth. Take a nap. Have a coffee.

We hope to see you first from March 2-7th for the Abu Dhabi Book Fairsee the blog for the list of authors from the Arab world. Kutub will be represented at the Abu Dhabi Book Fair on a panel with other UAE book clubs on March 7 to 4:30 – 6pm.

And then, we’re excited to see you at the EAIFL (Dubai’s International Literature Festival) from March 10th-13th—visit the blog to find out the authors list and details on where to buy tickets!

And, for goodness sakes, if you’re in the Emirates, get a copy of this Arabic Booker “book of excerpts” being sent out with copies of The National.

*Oddly, the group’s name sounds very English to me. Perhaps the verb holds more weight than the noun, as “إقراء Books” sounds Arabic. To me.