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
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
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.
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.
August: All right, August isn't the fall, but if you're at the Edinburgh Book Festival, stop by the Tahar Ben Jelloun and Elias Khoury event on the afternoon of August 25. While you're there, ask Ben Jelloun about all this. Also, as @Zuberino notes, Ahdaf Soueif has three events yet this month: August 20, 26, … Continue reading Arab Literary Events This Fall in the UK
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
If you're in Cairo on March 9, head over to the AUC's Oriental Hall (just off Tahrir) for a lecture and art exhibit by Huda Lutfi.
Goodbye 2010, hello....