Omani judicial authorities said Wednesday that they plan to file charges against a poet and bloggers arrested last month. The writers were apparently arrested for demanding political reforms in the country, and for crossing the red line of “disrespect for… Read More ›
The Muscat International Book Fair—one of the region’s largest—kicked off earlier this week, and is set to run through March 4.
According to the Oman Observer, the two-day symposium—”Translating Omani Literature”—promises to tackle issues related to bringing Omani lit to Arabic and non-Arabic audiences. This was news to me, as I didn’t realize that a significant amount of Omani literature had… Read More ›
Hussein al-Abri on Why Writing Infuriates Him, the Absence of Omani Novels, and Why He’s Not Looking Forward to the Beirut39 Festival
Hussein al-Abri, one of the Beirut39 (39 Arab writers, blah blah blah), is primarily a hospital physician, although since 2000 he has published four novels. He talked about his conflicted feelings toward the literary arts on the Beirut39 website. The… Read More ›
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) announced earlier this week that it had gotten hold of a list of books banned from distribution at the March 2010 Muscat International Book Fair. Among the titles banned or seized from… Read More ›