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....
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.
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.
According to a post on PalFest's Twitter account, "Our fundraising cycle for 2011 begins in earnest now."
Yes, it's Halloween, but it's also nearly time for this year's Arab-focused London Poetry Festival. Spooooky!
Richard Jacquemond, who has translated a number of key Egyptian novels (Zaat, Amreekanli) and written about the poetics of translation as well as about the social and literary history of Egypt (Conscience of a Nation), will be speaking at the AUC next month.
Egyptians against Religious Discrimination and Al Mawred Al Thaqafy (Cultural Resource) are co-hosting an "Egypt for all Egyptians" festival at El Geneina Theater in Al Azhar Park on Friday, October 29.
If you ever wanted to experience Arabic and Arab-diaspora poetry, London's Poetry International---at the Southbank Centre the beginning of this November---is the place to do it.
I thought I'd be pushing it a little far to follow with any more letters from the alphabet: (El Mansura, Fallujah, Gaza...umm....)
The giant International Literature Festival Berlin (ILB) creaks underway tomorrow. The megafest will feature at least three Arabic-language authors: Libyan poet Ghazi Gheblawi, Iraqi writer Hassan Blasim (Madman of Freedom Square), and Egyptian Ghada Mohamed Mahmoud (Ama Hazihi Fa Raqsati Ana).
Beirut's "Mohtaref – How to write a novel," run by novelist Najwa Barakat, has begun accepting applications for their second novel-writing course. Applications will be accepted from all Arab countries (and presumably beyond). This isn't just any novel-writing course. The first session is credited with producing three first-time books from young writers. The first, Soap … Continue reading Why You Should Apply Now for Najwa Barakat’s Second Novel-writing Course