"Her personality, her way of using body language, and the way her voice rose and fell as she recited poetry created a magic atmosphere that took over the audience."
Over at Middle East Eye, AJ Naddaf has a look at the landscape of Beiruti bookshops.
This year's four judges are translator-scholar Roger Allen, a previous winner of the Banipal prize; publisher Rosemarie Hudson; scholar and educator Ronak Husni; and culture-sector consultant Caroline McCormick.
"It is not easy for me to summarize in these lines my emotional relationship — with all its fluctuations — with Raqqa!"
Earlier this week, organizers announced the seven-book shortlist for this year's Palestine Book Awards.
The Summer 2021 issue of ArabLit Quarterly is available today in print and e-form.
Starting mid-July, organizers will launch the Clube de Leitura Mundo Árabe e Diásporas, billed as a first book club focused on global Arab and Arabic literatures in Brazil.
"In the early morning hours of June 12, the great Iraqi poet Saadi Youssef died at his home in the village of Harefield, outside London."
"Poets Zeina Hashem Beck and Farah Chamma, co-hosts of the podcast Maqsouda, share a one-time video special filmed by Hind Shoufani."
Mophradat today announced the selection for their 2021 Grants for Artists.
Two very different Egyptian novels appear in translation this month: They are Sonallah Ibrahim's "provocative masterpiece" Warda, translated by Hosam aboul-Ela and Mohamed Kheir's "musical and parabolic" Slipping, translated by Robin Moger.
"There will be talks, workshops, film screenings, a sound walk, and community-care sessions, with sliding-scale ticketing."