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Three Poems from ‘Jours Tranquilles au Caire’

Isabelle Mayault’s debut, Jours Tranquilles au Caire, launched this spring, and is currently on sale in Cairo in French, with an Arabic translation in the works:

The book, she says, is a collection of chronicles — both nonfiction and

Debate and Dismay over Saudi’s ‘Guest of Honor’ Status at Turin Book Fair

As its 2015 fair closed, Italy’s prominent Turin Book Fair announced Saudi Arabia as its 2016 guest of honor, promising “a 300-square metre space to be dedicated to Saudi literature”:

A year ahead of Saudi’s participation, this decision has already prompted

Algerian Publisher Assia Moussei: ‘We Wanted to Take Refuge in Culture”

In one of our final dispatches from the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) — which ended May 13 — publisher Assia Moussei shares insights on doing business in Algeria. This interview appeared, in part, in the ADIBF’s Show Daily:

By Chip Rossetti


Two Languages Diverged: I Chose One and Then the Other

When is translation the right choice, and when should the writer adapt her work?

By Ibtisam Barakat

Painting by Ibtisam Barakat.

This month, organizers of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair invited me to write an essay in Arabic for a special newspaper supplement about the

eL Seed: Playing with the Arabic Letters

On Thursday, May 7, Tunisian-French artist eL Seed joined artist-publisher Don Karl at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair to talk about his work in Calligraffiti:

Photo by eL Seed. Star Wars project. “I will never be your son.”

Among all the painting work that eL

Mohammed Berrada Everything Has Yet To Be Done

This dispatch is the first from the 2015 Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, which opens today:

By Olivia Snaije

Mohammed Berrada is considered one of Morocco’s most important contemporary writers. Born in Rabat in 1938, he has written numerous books; he is a literary critic,

Readings from the Book of Gaza

If you’re on London May 27, then you’ll want to find your way to SOAS, where Nayrouz Qarmout will read from the short-story collection The Book of Gaza:

If you’re not in London, then stage your own May 27 reading, silent or otherwise.

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