Oum Cartoon blogger Jonathan Guyer has a piece up at the Paris Review this week about “The Case of the Arabic Noirs.” In it, he argues that — in Egypt, at least — the crime novel might be coming back.
A few weeks ago, Nancy Linthicum and Michele Henjum announced the launch of CairoBookStop, a site that aims to assist scholars, book lovers, book buyers, book makers, and book sellers, connecting people with books.
Over at Mada Masr, Hadil Ghoneim has penned a fascinating short piece, trans. Amira Elmasry, about her impressions of US high school students reading and discussing Naguib Mahfouz’s classic “Midaq Alley.”
The University of Iowa’s International Writing Program (IWP) residency — the world’s oldest and largest multinational writing residency — will host another thirty to thirty-five authors this year, among them Saudi author Abdullah al-Wesali, Sudanese writer Sabah Sanhouri, and Egyptian poet, novelist, and translator Ahmed Shafie.
The state-run Al-Ahram newspaper reported on August 8 that Major General Ahmed Abdallah, current governor of the Red Sea district, ordered that three dozen “Muslim Brotherhood” books at the Hurghada Public Library be burnt.
On Saturday, August 2, security forces affiliated with the presidency refused to allow the “Art is a Public Square” festival to set up. Egypt’s new/old culture minister, Gaber Asfour, intervened, and the festival will now be held on August 9.
Italian translator and blogger Elisa Ferrero writes that, at a recent appearance at an Italian literary festival, Egyptian novelist Muhammad Aladdin said that revolution “is similar to time,” as it can’t be directly observed, while its effects on people can be.
Ganzeer (the Egyptian artist Mohamed Fahmy) has been threatening to get to work on a big graphic novel for some time. Now it seems that he has.
Cairo-based journalist and researcher Alexia Underwood sat down with controversial Egyptian author Mona Prince to discuss her writing, her activism, and the future.
The poet and novelist Omar Hazek, sentenced to two years at Borg El-Arab prison ostensibly for violating Egypt’s controversial anti-protest law, has written his seventh letter from inside prison.
Ethnomusicologist and DJ Brian Shimkovitz of Awesome Tapes From Africa has put together a Stealth-inspired mix of fabulous songs from the performers mentioned on Sonallah Ibrahim’s landmark book.
Mohamed Mansi Qandil, Margaret Litvin tells us, is no westoxicated feminist liberal revolutionary. Thus, “his gender-based critique of Egyptian timophilia is all the more powerful for coming from a writer whose aesthetic and social leanings are actually rather conservative.”