In the past seven months, Arab authors have been asked to speak for their nations. Book festival-goers, journalists, and fans have asked them to explain not just their craft, but the past, present, and the future of our region.
I have been trying to put together a list of fall Arab and Arabic literary events for major U.S. and Canadian cities, as I did for the U.K. last week. I think it’s time to admit defeat. Or at least that I need help. Book festivals, apparently, are not the right place to look.
By Zuberino, Guest Author Yesterday afternoon, London played host to the winners of the 2011 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (popularly known as the “Arabic Booker”): Morocco’s Mohammed Achaari and the Saudi author Raja Alem. Their first ever joint reading… Read More ›
If you’re in Cairo on March 9, head over to the AUC’s Oriental Hall (just off Tahrir) for a lecture and art exhibit by Huda Lutfi.
Goodbye 2010, hello….
There was a moment last night, when Miral al-Tahawy and Bahaa Abdelmeguid were talking about American children, that I wanted to step in and give my opinion on the matter—as though the Kotob Khan event were a chat show and not a discussion of al-Tahawy’s prize-winning 2010 novel, Brooklyn Heights.
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.
According to a post on PalFest’s Twitter account, “Our fundraising cycle for 2011 begins in earnest now.”
Yes, it’s Halloween, but it’s also nearly time for this year’s Arab-focused London Poetry Festival. Spooooky!
Richard Jacquemond, who has translated a number of key Egyptian novels (Zaat, Amreekanli) and written about the poetics of translation as well as about the social and literary history of Egypt (Conscience of a Nation), will be speaking at the AUC next month.
Egyptians against Religious Discrimination and Al Mawred Al Thaqafy (Cultural Resource) are co-hosting an “Egypt for all Egyptians” festival at El Geneina Theater in Al Azhar Park on Friday, October 29.