The debut CairoComix Festival has entered its second day, and while some reports have its organization a little rough around the edges, it’s been packed with enthusiasts. Its first set of awards surprised comix-watchers by going to a majority of women artists:
Young Saudi novelist and short-story writer Mohammed Hasan Alwan has won the Arab World Institute’s Prix de la Littérature Arabe for his novel The Beaver (Al-Qundus), translated to French by Stéphanie Dujols:
Ghayath al-Madhoun’s collection of poetry Weg van Damascus, trans. Djûke Poppinga, unexpectedly entered the “Poezie Top 10” in Belgium last month:
According to Ahram Online, the Cairo governorate will name a street in the al-Gamaliyya neighbourhood after novelist Gamal al-Ghitani:
The novelist, who’s been in a coma for more than a month, was born in the Gamaliyya neighborhood.
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