In Cairo, It’s a Busy Literary December

It's been a busy literary season in Cairo, with the novel conference, the Naguib Mahfouz award, preparations for the Cairo International Book Fair, and the kerfuffle over the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) shortlist. Also, 'tis the season when a number of Egyptian writers who teach abroad will arrive to give talks about their new books.

Friday Links: Your Dose of Orientalism, Publishing Controversies, Graphic Novels, More

In the interest of "balance," today we'll be providing some good old-fashioned views of Arabs (in English) over here at ArabLit! First, the Guardian books blog has a post about reading and knowing Tangiers via European writers (and the disappointments of not finding any bloodthirsty tribals, a la Sheltering Sky, on one's trip to Morocco). … Continue reading Friday Links: Your Dose of Orientalism, Publishing Controversies, Graphic Novels, More

Dar Merit’s Nominations for Next Year’s ‘Arabic Booker’

I assume this isn't a secret, since it went out to everyone who's a member of the Dar Merit Facebook group. And the nominees are...(drumroll)...: Creation, by Ahmad Sabri Abu Fotouh Brooklyn Heights, by Miral al-Tahawy The Garden Flower, by Khalid Ismail رواية "التكوين" لأحمد صبري أبو الفتوح رواية " بروكلين هايتس" لميرال الطحاوي رواية … Continue reading Dar Merit’s Nominations for Next Year’s ‘Arabic Booker’