Palestinian poet Ghassan Zaqtan is one of nine candidates for the prestigious Neustadt Prize.
Keep Your Eye on the Wall, ed. Mitch Albert and Olivia Snaije, is a book that knits together photos and prose about the Separation Wall that snakes through Palestine. Photos from the book are currently exhibiting in France, where the book is already out. It’s forthcoming from Saqi Books in September. Meanwhile, Albert and Snaije answered a few questions.
Yesterday, organizers announced that the Palestinian novelist Sahar Khalifeh had won the Mohamed Zafzaf Prize for Arabic Literature.
From June 22 until July 5, a group of librarians, archivists, and other library workers is traveling around Palestine and Israel in order to connect with colleagues, bear witness, share skills, and seek out possibilities for joint work.
As part of the Shubbak Festival, going on now, the Mosaic Rooms will be hosting three new plays — one from Syria and two by Palestinian playwrights.
Aharonovitch claims that the reason for shutting down the event, which has been held annually for 18 years, was because it was “under the auspices of or sponsored by the Palestinian Authority (PA).” El-Hakawati’s theater director says this is untrue, and adds that he has been shown no evidence of this alleged PA funding.
“Otherwise Occupied” is an exhibition composed of two projects by Palestinian artists Aissa Deebi and Bashir Makhoul. It runs until 30 June at the 55th Venice Biennale.
You can win a signed copy of al-Madhoun’s International Prize for Arabic Fiction-shortlisted Lady from Tel Aviv, trans. Elliott Colla, by answering just one small question.
You are forgiven for thinking that you’ve already read this story (as this and this are still fresh in public memory), and the same has happened recently to Syrian and Iraqi authors: The June 28 “Narrating Gaza” event was supposed to be… Read More ›
One of ArabLit’s favorite readers and book-club leaders, Elisabeth Jaquette, has just posted the Cairo Book Club’s first-ever podcast, from their discussion of Mourid Barghouti’s “I Was Born There, I Was Born Here,” led by the book’s English-language translator, Humphrey Davies.
“Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me: and Other Poems,” by Ghassan Zaqtan, trans. Fady Joudah, has won this year’s international Griffin Poetry Prize.
At the usual sort of literary festival, a visiting author appears briefly and does a public reading, Jeremy Harding said on PalFest’s final night in Ramallah. After that, the author either goes back to his hotel room or wanders around the host city.
But the Palestine Festival of Literature is different, Harding said.