The (Slowish) Rise of Online Arabic Book Clubs

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."

Today in Dubai, Join ‘Read Kutub’ Discussion of /The Last Chapter/

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/

Does Your Book Club Want to Explore Arabic Literature (in English)?

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)?