Visit, and Bring Donations to, the BALMAL Arab Library in London

BALMAL -- the Banipal Arab British Centre Library of Modern Arab Literature -- is calling for book donations: The library,  at 1 Gough Square in London, contains volumes of fiction, poetry, plays, and memoirs by Arab authors translated into English or in the English original. The library opened in January 2010 and has, according to … Continue reading Visit, and Bring Donations to, the BALMAL Arab Library in London

Children’s Magazines in the Yemen, Libraries in Egypt

I suppose "Children's Magazines in the Yemen" doesn't have the same appealing ring as Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, but -- although Yemen doesn't actually have a salmon-fishing industry -- it really does have children's magazines, although not as many as a few decades ago: According to a report in this week's Yemen Times, even locally produced Arabic … Continue reading Children’s Magazines in the Yemen, Libraries in Egypt

The Fate of the Alexandria Library

The Wall Street Journal's Michael Z. Wise comments today that the Alexandria Library---or Biblioteca Alexandrina---has become a symbol of the "New Egypt." Indeed, we have seen protesters linking arms and taking shifts to protect the Biblioteca in a beautiful show of support for a nation's cultural institutions.