This past week, both the Dubai-based Emirates LitFest (March 4-8 2014) and the Sharjah Book Fair (November 6-16 2013) released their programs; both of which are filled with big literary names.
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)--
The 2012 Internationales Literaturfestival Berlin opened September 4th and runs through the 16th. The festival often features many of the world's most high-profile authors, and this year is no different:
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
I do sympathize with lit-festival organizers. Certainly, if I were organizing a festival (and what a disaster that would be!), I, too, would want Lebanese novelist Hanan al-Shaykh to be in attendance.