Friday Finds: Excerpts from 6 IPAF-shortlisted Novels

The book features short excerpts from all six of the novels, with an introduction written by the chair of judges, Ibrahim al-Saafin. 

Longlist Announced for International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2012

The long-awaited longlist for the 2012 International Prize for Arabic Fiction was announced this morning. Popularly known as the Arabic Booker, the prize, currently in its fifth year, has come to be regarded as the premier prize for literary fiction in the Arab world. This year's list contains 13 titles, culled from a selection of 101 entries … Continue reading Longlist Announced for International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2012

Writer’s Retreat in El Gouna (But Not Really for Egyptians)

I had no idea, (until it was mentioned in Al Masry Al Youm) but apparently there is a writer's residency program in El Gouna. I also had no idea that there was a Biblioteca Alexandrina branch in Gouna. Resort towns---is that where they've been hiding the libraries? I suppose I should've known. Anyhow, the first … Continue reading Writer’s Retreat in El Gouna (But Not Really for Egyptians)