Last night at Cairo’s Manial Palace, Penguin International President Andrew Phillips and Dar El Shorouk Chair Ibrahim El Moallem formally signed themselves into a partnership that was more than a year in the making: a joint Shorouk-Penguin project that will bring out both Penguin classics and local titles in Arabic.
This week, Yasmina Jraissati writes in L’Orient Littéraire about the relative visibility (or invisibility) of Arabic literature in Western markets.
Online retail giant Amazon.com announced Tuesday that it’s launching a new publishing imprint: for foreign-language literature translated into English. Can I say a tentative hoorah? The imprint will be called AmazonCrossing, and their first book will apparently be The King… Read More ›
Sorry: As a recovering journalist, I find these dramatic headlines about the death of Arabic, touch typing, Cape Cod radio, bookstores, and so on irresistible. Osama Diab at Business Today (Egypt) asks, in his autopsy of Egyptian publishing: Will the… Read More ›
Two interesting pieces this week address what the new Arabic-English publishing venture, Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing (BQFP), has got up its bilingual sleeves. From Chip Rosetti in Publishing Perspectives: “We hope to have more than 50 titles (in both languages)… Read More ›
The new Arab-English publishing venture—the Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing (BQFP)—unveiled its first list of books at the Tate in London yesterday. This comes after a big BQFP launch party hosted by the Queen earlier in the week. The Foundation launches… Read More ›
Bravo to Cameroonian author Léonora Miano for speaking up for how she believes her book should be framed in English. What she complains of is not the translation (from French), and not so much the cover (she calls it ugly),… Read More ›
The Literary Saloon wrote about this yesterday, but I had to scramble to confirm that this doesn’t affect my beloved Stealth before I could repeat the news. It doesn’t, el hamdulallah. Sonallah Ibrahim’s Stealth is available now from Amazon UK… Read More ›
The Guardian books blog gently—almost gingerly—raises a few questions about the rise in “vanity” publishing (in the English-speaking world). It asks, among other things, whether authors who have bona fide publishers are any less vain than those who pay for… Read More ›