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[22 Feb 2011 | No Comment | 268 views]

On Sunday evening, a crowd of about one hundred expatriates, foreign journalists and Anglophone Egyptians congregated between the bookshelves of the AUC Press Bookstore overlooking Tahrir Square to congratulate internationally acclaimed novelist and writer Alaa al-Aswany on the launch of his latest book, “On the State of Egypt: A Novelist’s Provocative Reflections.” The book is a selection of al-Aswany’s weekly columns published in translation and is accompanied by an introductory leaflet entitled “On Tahrir Square, February 2011.”

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[7 Feb 2011 | No Comment | 183 views]

I finally got a hold of Lamia Ziade’s book, ‘Bye bye Babylone’. I had been looking forward to buying it since last September, having seen some of the book’s spreads before its publication. I had immediately spotted some images on the spreads that felt so familiar: the Beirut Corniche, but mainly the hand grenade, Kalashnikov, RPG and M16. I was both amused and surprised with my knowledge of these weapons’ names and shapes.

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[2 Feb 2011 | No Comment | 238 views]

Is it that there is more literary activities in the Arab world, or is it that they’re gaining visibility? For us readers and book professionals, it’s all good news!
The Sudanese Cultural Center Abdel Karim Mirghani has recently advertised the third edition of the Tayeb Saleh creative writing competition.

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[14 Nov 2010 | No Comment | 180 views]

It is with great excitement that I discovered the existence of the Palestinian Festival of Literature -although I also found out the Festival has been on since 2009 and had received a huge press coverage.

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[14 Nov 2010 | No Comment | 95 views]

According to Ahmad Bin Rakad Al Amri, Sharjah Book Fair’s director, the 12 day long exhibition received 500,000 visitors this year

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[9 Nov 2010 | 2 Comments | 366 views]

During a meeting with an Emirati young free-lance journalist, it struck me as being potentially true: Arabic language is threatened by the weakness of its presence and usefulness on the web.