“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.”
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.
For Arab authors: IWP is scheduled to take place at the University of Iowa this year from August 24 - Nov 12 and is for established and emerging creative writers who have published at least one book or whose work has appeared in significant publications over the past two years. They also must possess sufficient proficiency in English to benefit from the experience.
" I want to talk about what the Iraqi was like before he went to Abu Ghraib, not Abu Ghraib itself. I don't want to talk about the big events that lots of writers and journalists talk about; I'm more interested in the marginal events that don't get talked about."
In Graz, Austria next week, Algerian-German novelist Boualem Sansal, Egyptian novelist Ibrahim Farghali, and Lebanese novelist Alawiyya Sobh (among others) will appear at the "Baklava Reading Festival" (yes, that sort of baklava)--
If you're in New York City, or more particularly in Brooklyn, say around 5 p.m. on Sunday, the 23rd of September -- and can find your way to 209 Joralemon Street:
If you're in Edmonton, Alberta, don't miss a reading tonight by Egyptian poet Iman Mersal, part of the Olive Reading Series:
This year, participants include Egyptian Khaled al-Berry, Kuwaiti author Taleb al-Refai, and Saudi Beirut39 laureate Abdullah Thabit, among others:
A global events calendar for June, July, & August 2012.
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 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…
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