“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.”
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.
The social-media and citizen-journalism collective 7iber’s announcement that the group will be launching an Arabic book club reminded me, belatedly, of an 2010 article I’d read by Dr. Amany Elsayed: “Arab online book clubs: A survey.”
The first meeting of an all-new Dubai-based Arabic book club will be on Wednesday, Jan 12 at 8:00pm. The meeting’s set to be held at Carluccio’s Dubai Marina Mall, Promenade GF. (I hope that makes sense to those of you who know Dubai.)
Live in Seattle? Always wanted to read more Arabic lit (and meet interesting people, for goodness sakes)?