‘Hay Festival Abu Dhabi’ Announces 2020 Program Full of Literary Stars

“We absolutely want to make this festival work and to build on it, so that in 10 or 15 years’ time, people will perhaps look upon it in the way that the Colombians do with our festival in Cartagena.” 

PEN World Voices: Which Voices?

This year's fest certainly had a moment that crystallized around its contradictions: when Salman Rushdie, giving a speech about courage and artistic risk, told a dissenter to shut the fuck up.

How Are Arab Countries Celebrating World Book and Copyright Day?

For those of us in Cairo, it seems that Shorouk Bookstores is offering the best WB & CD discount, at 20%, but other stores (BookSpot), chains (Alef), and government entities (GEBO) are also offering money-off deals. For those in Sharjah or Dubai, you should go to the  children's reading festival that opened today. And I just … Continue reading How Are Arab Countries Celebrating World Book and Copyright Day?

If You’re in NYC, If You’re in Cairo, If You’re in London…

If You're in NYC Well, then you should be planning to go to the Gazan Writers Salon on April 25 (give your Facebook RSVP here). Participants include Fatena al Ghorra, (The Sea is Still Behind Us , A Very Disturbing Woman), Adania Shibli (Touch, We Are All Equally Far from Love); Soumaya Al Sousi ( The … Continue reading If You’re in NYC, If You’re in Cairo, If You’re in London…

World Literature Festivals Featuring Arab Lit

I'm still quite doubtful about this alleged flood of awards to Arab authors, but the flood of literary events---at least outside northern North America---continues. The Internationales Literaturfestival Berlin (September 7-17) is focusing on Asian-Pacific authors this year, but still promises a wide range of talks by Arab and Arabic-writing authors. They include: Tahar Ben Jelloun: … Continue reading World Literature Festivals Featuring Arab Lit