literary events

Q&A on ‘Arab Intellectuals Series’: The Arab Author as Prophet

In the past seven months, Arab authors have been asked to speak for their nations. Book festival-goers, journalists, and fans have asked them to explain not just their craft, but the past, present, and the future of our region.


Arab Literary Events This Fall in North America

I have been trying to put together a list of fall Arab and Arabic literary events for major U.S. and Canadian cities, as I did for the U.K. last week. I think it’s time to admit defeat. Or at least that I need help. Book festivals, apparently, are not the right place to look.

Reading Arabic Novels About Americans

There was a moment last night, when Miral al-Tahawy and Bahaa Abdelmeguid were talking about American children, that I wanted to step in and give my opinion on the matter—as though the Kotob Khan event were a chat show and not a discussion of al-Tahawy’s prize-winning 2010 novel, Brooklyn Heights.

In Cairo, It’s a Busy Literary December

It’s been a busy literary season in Cairo, with the novel conference, the Naguib Mahfouz award, preparations for the Cairo International Book Fair, and the kerfuffle over the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) shortlist. Also, ’tis the season when a number of Egyptian writers who teach abroad will arrive to give talks about their new books.