International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) shortlister Bensalem Himmich and 2011 IPAF judging chair Fadhil al-Azzawi both have new works of fiction coming soon in English.
This year, journalists (and the public) had a chance to question several of the IPAF judges---including chair Fadhil al-Azzawi---at an afternoon press conference in Doha.
Yes, it's Halloween, but it's also nearly time for this year's Arab-focused London Poetry Festival. Spooooky!
Yet Iraqi literature continues, somehow, to blossom. There are older writers Fadhil al-Azzawi and Muhammad Khudayyir still at work (although the former in exile), and much younger ones, too: Thirtysomething Iraqi Hassan Blassim has been called "perhaps the best writer of Arabic fiction alive."
CAIRO I think tonight, June 11, I'm going to the signing of Khaled al-Berry's new novel (I have strongly recommended his memoir, Life is More Beautiful Than Paradise). I don't see anything about it on Kotob Khan's website---where the signing is supposed to be?---but if there's no signing, I guess I'll just browse the stacks. … Continue reading Summer (Arabic) Literary Events in Cairo and the U.K.