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CairoComix Festival Kicks Off, Women Big Winners on Opening Night

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:

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Mohammed Hasan Alwan Wins Prix de la Littérature Arabe for The Beaver

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:

The rising star Alwan will be given the €10,000

Eyes Full of Empty A New Turn in Algerian-French Noir

Detective novels were the first modern literary form to cross en masse from wide popular readership in Europe to a pop readership in Arabic:

Although noir is no longer an obsession for Arab publishers — indeed, there is relatively little genre fiction in Arabic

Collection by Syrian Poet Ghayath al-Madhoun Makes Dutch Best-seller List

Ghayath al-Madhoun’s collection of poetry Weg van Damascus, trans. Djûke Poppinga, unexpectedly entered the “Poezie Top 10” in Belgium last month:

The Syrian poet, who now lives in Sweden, initially issued some of the poems in Weg van Damascus in

Muhammad Fanatil al-Hajaya’s Following the News on Al Jazeera

“Following the News on Al Jazeera” is a pop-rhetorical poem by Muhammad Fanatil al-Hajaya, an intervention into recent news, translated and introduced here by William Tamplin:

By William Tamplin

Hajaya at a poetry festival in Isma’iliya, Egypt in 2010

Cairo Street to be Named for Novelist Gamal al-Ghitani

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.

According to

Book review - The Patels of Filmindia by Sidharth Bhatia
Baburao Patel and his magazine Filmindia (which was later rechristened Mother India) - It can be said that hardly anyone from the current generation would have heard of it. Not even the hardcore film buffs as well. In fact why just the current generation, even the one before this can be

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