Book Events This Week in Amman, Beirut, Cairo, and Alex


  • Diwan is opening up a “Bibliotheca Alexandrina” branch. The official launch is set for 2 p.m. on May 28, 2010.
  • On the next day, May 29, 7 p.m., in the Biblioteca Alexandrina Conference Center, the library will host the launch of the book Diaries of an Egyptian Princess, by Nevine Abbas Halim.




  • There’s also reportedly a GeekFest outbreak in Cairo.
  • Kotob Khan asks that you mark your Cultural Agenda for the Book of the Month Discussion on Wednesday May 26th at 8pm. Participants will discuss Old People Sitting on Benches, a collection of short stories by author Al Taher Sharqawy.
  • Also: Mohamed Salmawy will be giving a talk May 29, 7 p.m.: Diwan Bookshop, Zamalek, Cairo. Salmawy is President of the Writers’ Union of Egypt and Secretary General of the General Union of Arab Writers.

Know of more events with some relationship to Arabic literature? Post them below, please.