Khaled al-Berry Goes to Iowa

This year, participants include Egyptian Khaled al-Berry, Kuwaiti author Taleb al-Refai, and Saudi Beirut39 laureate Abdullah Thabit, among others:

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

If You’re in Cairo: LAF to Present an In-depth Look at Arabic-English Translation

It's really true this time. Truly. Initially scheduled for February 1, the Literature Across Frontiers' (LAF) presentation in the "Making Literature Travel" series, on translation from Arabic into English, will finally be held on September 20. At the event, set to be held at Cairo's British Council HQ from 6 - 8 p.m., translator Alice … Continue reading If You’re in Cairo: LAF to Present an In-depth Look at Arabic-English Translation

At the London Lit Fest with Mohammed Achaari and Raja Alem

By Zuberino, Guest Author Yesterday afternoon, London played host to the winners of the 2011 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (popularly known as the "Arabic Booker"): Morocco's Mohammed Achaari and the Saudi author Raja Alem. Their first ever joint reading was both part of the annual London Literature Festival and of Shubbak, a month-long celebration … Continue reading At the London Lit Fest with Mohammed Achaari and Raja Alem