What Makes an Egyptian Best Seller?

After I played telephone (or as the French apparently call it, téléphone arabe) with Richard Jacquemond's "The Yacoubian Building and Its Sisters: Reflections on Readership and Written Culture in Modern Egypt," Jacquemond kindly sent me a copy of his essay, so I wouldn't comment on comments about comments about it. The essay was full of interesting observations about Egyptian best-sellerdom.

An Egyptian Woman’s Blog-to-book Success (That Has Nothing to Do With Marriage, Love, or Men)

There have been many blogger-to-novelist leaps in Egypt (Ahmed Naji, Rehab Bassem, Ghada Mahmoud). The most famous is Ghada Abdel Aal, whose blog-to-book, Ayza Atgowaz, (I Want to Get Married) was made into a TV serial this Ramadan, and has been translated into both English (out next month from U of Texas Press) and Italian. … Continue reading An Egyptian Woman’s Blog-to-book Success (That Has Nothing to Do With Marriage, Love, or Men)

Kotob Khan’s Arabic Bestsellers for April 2010

Thanks to Kotob Khan for making these available. Diwan also posts some bestsellers here, although their ranking or time frame isn't clear. I have not seen bestseller lists from other booksellers. Many of the titles are familiar from last month's list. A few are new: Mekkawi Said’s Downtown Acquisitions (3) is presumably a compilation of … Continue reading Kotob Khan’s Arabic Bestsellers for April 2010