March 2015: Global Arabic Literature Events Calendar

Arab and Arabic literature events in some sort of translation. Please add more events below or email them in:

March 1, 2015

Closing Night: Report on Revolutionary Circumstances and Other Plays from Egypt (near Philadelphia, USA)

Three plays directed by Rebekah Maggor. More here.

Ongoing: Muscat International Book Fair (Muscat, Oman)

Continues through March 7. More here.

March 2, 2015

Arab Cyborgs: The Post-Humanist Narrative of Return in al-Shanfara and Huda Barakat (San Marcos, USA)

Tarek El-Raiss, author of Trials of Arab Modernity: Literary Affects and the New Political (2013) will give a talk in “Flowers Hall-230” that begins at 7 p.m. More here.

March 3, 2015

Opening Night of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (Dubai, UAE)

Opening night is “Wonderland” with Jason Kouchak, Naif Al-Muttawa, Lemn Sissay and the Handspring Puppet Co. More here.

March 4, 2015

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Continues (Dubai, UAE)

For a complete schedule, look here.

March 5, 2015

Spoken Word with Palestinian Poet and Writer Fajr Tamimi (London, England)

“Fiery, lyrical, spoken word exploring the conflicts in her homeland from Palestinian poet and writer Fajr Tamimi, with musical accompaniment by Algerian oud player and composer Yaz Fentazi.” At the Royal Court Theatre. More here.

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here (Portland, USA)

Eight years later, Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here project will hold an event in Portland with “spoken words from Gail Barker and Omar Jaburi, three Iraqi women’s personal stories, Jim Lommasson speaking about his project What We Carried, as well as live music and food.” More here.

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Continues (Dubai, UAE)

For a complete schedule, look here.

March 6, 2015

The Only Thing Worth Globalizing is Dissent (Cairo, Egypt)

A three-day conference. Sessions on March 6 include Samah Selim on “Text and Context: Translating in a State of Emergency.” More here.

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Opens (Detroit, USA)

On Friday, March 6, 2015 an exhibition of selected broadsides, prints and handmade artist books from the “Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here” project opens at the Arab American National Museum (AANM), 13624 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and features a reading by Iraqi poet Dunya Mikhail. More here.

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Continues (Dubai, UAE)

For a complete schedule, look here.

March 7, 2015

Rowayat Launch Party (Issue 4) and Prize Ceremony (Cairo, Egypt)

At TGI Friday’s in Maadi, on the Corniche. More here.

The Only Thing Worth Globalizing is Dissent (Cairo, Egypt)

A three-day conference. Sessions on March 7 include Anny Gaul on “Representing Protest and Performing Dissent: How Satire Translates, Presents, and Performs Protest in Egypt.” More here.

Closing of Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (Dubai, UAE)

For a complete schedule, look here.

Arab Women Artists Now: One-day Festival (London, England)

Includes a talk by Egyptian theatre artist Nesreen Nabil Hussein. More here.

March 8, 2015

Quand Fatima Se Fait Appeler Sophie: A Play by Ali Bader (Brussels, Belgium)

“L’association Arab Women’s Solidarity Association-Belgium (AWSA-Be) a le plaisir de vous convier à la première de sa pièce de théâtre qui s’intitule ‘Quand Fatima se fait appeler Sophie.'” More here & here.

The Only Thing Worth Globalizing is Dissent (Cairo, Egypt)

A three-day conference. Sessions on March 8 include Tahia Abdel Nasser on “Translation and the New Poetics of Egypt’s Revolution.” More here.

March 12, 2015

Nathalie Handal and Hanna Khoury at the Kennedy Center (D.C., USA)

Although the event announcement talks about older books, such as Poet in Andalucia and Love and Strange Horses, hopefully Handal will read from her most recent release, The Invisible Star. More here.

March 14, 2015

Closing Night of Fireworks (London, England)

A play by Palestinian theatre artist Dalia Taha, trans. Clem Naylor, directed by Richard Twyman. More here.

March 17, 2015

Khaled Mattawa on “Power, Identity,” and a Prayer for Repatriation” (Cairo, Egypt)

Begins at 6 p.m. in Oriental Hall on the AUC’s Tahrir campus. More here.

March 19, 2015

Banipal Book Club (London, England)

The book under discussion is The Corpse Washer, written and translated by Sinan Antoon, winner of the 2014 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize. Starting at 6:30 @BALMAL Library, The Arab British Centre.

March 24, 2015

Contemporary Arabic Fiction: A Panel Discussion (Amherst, USA)

4:30 – 6:00, Amherst College. Includes Jordanian short-story writer Hisham Bustani and Canadian-Jordanian translator Thoraya El-Rayyes.

Palestinian Voices and Stories (London, England)

With: Selma Dabbagh, Falastine Dwikat, Biography Editor Cynthia Franklin and Wasafiri Guest Editor Rachel Holmes. More here.

March 31, 2015

Hisham Bustani (Harlem, USA)

As part of First Person Plural. More here.

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