Summer of Arab Lit: Global Events for 2012

Thanks to Editoriaraba for doing most of the work on this!


June 5, all day, “Jurji Zaydan: His Contribution to Modern Arab Thought and Literature, Library of Congrests, Washington, D.C. (More.)

June 7, 7 p.m., Fathieh Saudi will be reading from her recent collections Daughter of the Thames and Prophetic Childhood. Mosaic Rooms, London. (More.)

June 7, Language Rooms, by Yussef El Guindi, debuts in Los Angeles, USA. (More details.)

June 9, 7 p.m. • The launch of Translating Egypt’s Revolution (AUC Press) in Oriental Hall, AUC downtown campus, Cairo

June 9, 5.30pm • Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, UK: Big Tent: Ahdaf Soueif, Reflections on Islamic Art

June 10, 11.30am • Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, UK:  Sky Arts Studio: Ahdaf Soueif, Cairo – My City, Our Revolution 

June 13, poets Lisa Majaj & Hasan Mroue read in Paphos, Cyprus. 10 a.m. at the Turtle and Moon Community Art Studio.

June 14  – July 21, “The Prophet,” a new play by Hassan Abdulrazzak. Directed by Christopher Haydon. Notting Hill Gate. London. Tickets and more information.

June 16-17 : Conference: “What a Story: Politics in Children’s Literature,” Lebanese University, Hadath Branch, Beirut (Full calendar.)

June 26 – July 1, Poetry Parnassus, Southbank Centre hosts one of the biggest gatherings of poets (200+) in world history. London. Arab poets include Egyptian poet Iman Mersal, Iraqi Saadi Youssef, Lebanese poet Venus Khoury-Gata, Libyan poet Khaled Mattawa, Palestinian spoken-word artist Rafeef Ziadah, and more. (More information here and here.)

June 28, 6:30 – 8:30, Banipal Book Club, The Library and Meeting Room, 1 Gough Square, London.


July 1, 2-3 p.m., Banipal Launch, with readings from Hassan El Ouazzani (Morocco), Khaled Mattawa (Libya), Saadia Mufarreh (Kuwait), Amjad Nasser (Jordan), Iman Mersal (Egypt) and Rasha Omran (Syria). Free. Southbank Centre, London.

July 4-6 , Hay Festival Beirut 2012, Beirut. (Full calendar.)

July 6, Acclaimed Lebanese novelist Rabee Jaber will appear at the Southbank Centre, 6:30 p.m. London. He will read from his International Prize for Arabic Fiction-winning Druze of Belgrade. Probably. (More.)

July 6-15, Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival, Liverpool. (Full calendar.)

July 8, 10 a.m., London Literature Festival – Egyptian novelist Ahdaf Souief and activist Salma Said: “All you want to know about the Arab revolutions and don’t know how to find out.” London LitFest, Purcell Room, London.

July 9, 2:30pm – Syrian novelist and memoirist Samar Yazbek speaking at ‘The Telegraph Ways With Words Festival’ at Dartington Hall, the bookHaus, 70 Cadogan Place, London.

July 17, Samar Yazbek on her new memoir, A Woman in the Crossfire, at Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London.


August 23 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Youssef Ziedan on “Ancient Stories with Modern Twists,” with Andrés Neuman. More here.

US release of Out of It, by Palestinian-British novelist Selma Dabbagh (Bloomsbury USA)  >>review>>


  1. Thanks to you, I did nothing 🙂
    my only regret is not being able to attend any of these events :/

    1. None! At least come with me on the 9th…

  2. ohhh i ‘d love to!! but unfortunately…i broke my right arm 2 weeks ago (yes, i’m currently writing with the left one…) and i’m still recovering and, apparently, there’s a loooong way ahead….:(
    i’ll check if my friend & colleague from Arabismo who lives in the Uk can go for me 🙂

  3. I’m going to be in Los Angeles this summer, but you don’t list any events in the US! (I suppose there may not be any?)

    1. Nora, I’ve been looking! I will keep looking. Of course, if you hear of anything… Wait… I think I remember of hearing of something in San Francisco. I’ll look again.

    2. OK, I just added one Los Angeles event… I’m looking for more!

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