Five small presses are kicking off a shared, Zoom-centered, international book club today.
The Lebanese "Bookaholics" reading group, administered by noted bibliophile Hoda Marmar (@Biologistic) has named a "top six" books in Arabic and in English from the 125 titles they've discussed over the past six years.
" Like most graduate students, I had decided that I didn’t have time to read for fun. So I had failed to nurture a part of myself that ended up being key in my creative and scholarly endeavors. Goodreads helped me, especially through its recommendations feature."
"I don’t write literature myself, so what I love about editing literature is that, in a way, I can "own" the stories. The process of rewriting allows me to savor every single sentence and word, whether I decide to keep it in the simplified version or not."
"Finding copies is nearly impossible."
"Arab World Books (http://www.arabworldbooks.com/), founded in March 1998, has long been a fantastic resource, but -- a bit like ArabLit -- it is stuck in a design that made sense the year of its launch."
In June 2012, Eman Hylooz and Tamim Al Manaseer co-founded Abjjad, an Arabic social network for books with a big vision.
Elisabeth Jaquette, who's spearheading the And Other Stores book groups that will be discussing three Arabic novels in three world cities, said that the next meeting times and locations have been set.
One of ArabLit's favorite readers and book-club leaders, Elisabeth Jaquette, has just posted the Cairo Book Club's first-ever podcast, from their discussion of Mourid Barghouti's "I Was Born There, I Was Born Here," led by the book's English-language translator, Humphrey Davies.
Frankly, I am not equipped to explain the thinking behind the KSA's (many) laws. But I can say that the English-language term "book club" is not sufficient to express what Saudi authorities mean to control and repress with a new set of culture-strangling bylaws.
Novelist Somaya Ramadan is among the authors who contributed to Arab World Books' latest "literature and essay corner."
The Jordanian news-and-culture website 7iber.Com is launching its new book club, "Inkitab - انكتاب," with a reading of The Committee (1981, 2001 English) by celebrated Egyptian author Sonallah Ibrahim.