book fairs

Ahmed Naji’s New New Short-story Collection and Other Releases at 2017 Cairo Book Fair

“China will have a bigger booth this year…and has expanded its participation in the fair to an unprecedented extent.”

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Leading Kuwaiti Writers Saud Alsanousi and Bothayna al-Essa on Pushing Back Against a Season of Censorship

“There was a time when we’d hoped that the state might sponsor and encourage young writers, because there are quite a number of young people at work writing novels. But today I’m not asking for any support from the state; all we ask is that they leave us in peace, and that we write without interference or guidance or censorship.”

How to Reinvigorate the Beirut, Doha Book Fairs?

Two Arabic book fairs were held at the beginning of December — one in Doha and one in Beirut — and they both reported slow sales. Al-Sharq al-Awsat said that “reports regarding the demise of the Arab-language book are perhaps looking somewhat exaggerated,” although noting that sales have been down for the past three years.