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)?
Today, the Read Kutub group in Dubai will meet (at 7:45 p.m.) to discuss Leila Abouzeid's The Last Chapter (ألفصل ألأخير). Abouzeid, considered a pioneer among Moroccans because she writes in Arabic rather than in French, was the first female literary author from Morocco to be translated into English. The Last Chapter is semi-autobiographical and … Continue reading Today in Dubai, Join ‘Read Kutub’ Discussion of /The Last Chapter/
Growing up, I found a home in literature, art and music. Wherever war and oppression took me I continued to search for this home even in unusual places and circumstances.
I'm not sure I've ever formally pointed readers to Read Kutub, the Dubai-based book group organized by The Third Line Gallery. Kutub organizes a flesh-and-blood book group in Dubai, but it also makes a number of resources available online. So if you have a book group in Cairo (why didn't you invite me??) or London, … Continue reading Does Your Book Club Want to Explore Arabic Literature (in English)?
Diwan has been an integral part of Cairo's new (upscale) bookish landscape, along with the Sherouq stores and indies like Kotob Khan. So I took note when the chain said they'd re-launched their website. The new site has the "look at and purchase books" features you might expect, but also some first attempts at online … Continue reading Diwan (Bookstores) Launches New Website