“Crowdfunding is becoming a useful tool for independent authors and publishers to reach a diverse readership.”
This review was meant to be published two years ago, but the magazine that requested it went dark. So here, to accompany our piece on the crowdfunding campaign for the next book in Spina’s epic, Colonial Tales: When Alessandro Spina… Read More ›
“Bin Shatwan is scheduled to arrive in Durham to begin her residency in January 2018. During her three-month residency, she’s meant to engage in monthly literary activities with writers and readers in Durham, the northeast of England, and in London — in addition to pursuing her work-in-progress.”
Jraissati promises: “A novel by one the most interesting emerging voices in Lebanon”; a new novel by Man Booker International finalist Hoda Barakat; novelist by International Prize for Arabic Fiction-shortlisted novelists Youssef Fadel, of Morocco, and Najwa Bin Shatwan, of Libya; and a new nonfiction work by PEN Pinter-winning Syrian novelist and activist Samar Yazbek.
Yesterday, PEN International issued a statement expressing they are “deeply concerned” for the authors’ safety.
“Libyan poet Fatima Mahmoud wrote such powerful things in the 70’s, at the height of Gaddafi’s suppression of the people. Everything she wrote still rings true today.”
“But my work came to the scrutiny of the Libyan authorities who tried to lure me to write about the regime and its ideology which I refused to do.”
“Why scrape off my scabbed wound now, Haj Ali? Why prolong tales after the season of their telling has passed?”
The new PEN/Nabokov Award was given for a body of work “of enduring originality and consummate craftsmanship.” As its winner, Adonis receives a $50,000 prize.
“This year’s winners will be announced on January 3, 2017.”
“This is the third year that Slightly Foxed, a literary quarterly and independent publisher, has sponsored this award, which is worth £3,500.”
“To help me explore Hisham Matar’s The Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land In Between (2016), I ordered a sneeze-inducing, water-stained copy of Knud Holmboe’s Desert Encounter: An Adventurous Journey Through Italian Africa (my copy was printed in 1937), re-read parts of Alessandro Spina’s Confines of the Shadow epic, and even, among other things, pulled Dante off the shelf.”