Sharjah will be the nineteenth World Book Capital, and is set to follow Athens in 2018.
United Arab Emirates
“I think about knives. If I find one in here, maybe that’ll help me escape somehow, either by breaking the lock or using it to slowly bore into the wall to create an escape route like I’ve seen in a number of movies.”
What will you find in Emirati author Hamad AlHamady’s terrorist thriller? Sawad Hussain translates an excerpt.
“The trilogy, and Al Noman’s establishment of Manuscript 2559, the language’s first all-science-fiction-and-fantasy publishing house, will cater to a growing audience of young Arab inquisitive minds.”
Again, a lot of male writers have written about women or have written from female points of view in their books, and they do so really well. But I think a woman can do it better.
“If there is a community large enough to be served by a library,” Alanood said, “then that library should be open through the week.”
“The Young Adult Book of the Year went to veteran Egyptian children’s-book author Rania Hussein Amin, author of the popular Farhana series, for her Sorakh Khalf Al Abwab (Scream Behind the Doors).”
“The partnership will see both publishing companies exchange the same number of books to be published in translation each year.”
“The festival is now set for March 1 to 12.”
When Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi declared that the saying should no longer be “Cairo writes, Beirut publishes, and Baghdad reads,” but instead some combination of Qatari and Emirati cities, many observers scoffed. Yet the Emirates is not just investing in big book fairs and big literary prizes, but also in individual writers.
After two weeks detained in Abu Dhabi following this year’s Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, German author Jörg Albrecht has been granted passage home. According to his publisher, he arrived in Berlin this morning.
Isabelle Mayault is editor-at-large for Uncommon Guidebooks, which has just come out with an Uncommon Dubai and has an Uncommon Cairo in production. What makes these guidebooks less-than-common is that they take a more literary, anecdotal eye on their city-subjects.