Sunday Submissions: EBRD Literature Prize 2019

The first prize, worth €20,000, will be equally divided between the winning author and translator. Two runners-up and their translators will receive a prize of €1,000 each.

Words Without Borders to Host Literary Blog Series from Palestine, Israel

WWB just announced a new blog series, hosted by MFA Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi and PhD in Comp Lit Chana M., that promises to explore literature and cross-cultural dialogues "in the Middle East" (although this, perhaps, is an editor's headline; the authors only talk about Palestine and Israel). Generally I blanch a bit at … Continue reading Words Without Borders to Host Literary Blog Series from Palestine, Israel

PalFest an ‘Attack on Arabic’?

Yesterday's  PalFest wrap-up in Al Jazeera, penned by Sousan Hammad, provides sharp criticism for this and other literary events in the region. Her main criticism is that core PalFest events---as at the big Abu Dhabi and Emirates lit festivals---take place in English. And at some PalFest events, unlike the Emirati festivals, simultaneous translation was apparently … Continue reading PalFest an ‘Attack on Arabic’?

Suad Amiry on the Difficulties of Literary Journalism in Palestine

PalFest---the annual Palestinian Festival of Literature---begins tonight in Jerusalem.  The night before its kickoff, Ramallah-based author Suad Amiry talked in Cairo about her new nonfiction book, Nothing to Lose But Your Life: An 18-Hour Journey with Murad. Amiry was joined by Palestinian-Australian YA author Randa Abdel Fattah and the new Managing Director of Bloomsbury Qatar, … Continue reading Suad Amiry on the Difficulties of Literary Journalism in Palestine