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The ‘Young Writers of Benghazi’ and Other Hopes for a Literary Scene Under SiegeThe last month has been a tense time in Benghazi. Hundreds have died in the fight for Libya’s second city, and literary hopes — like others — have been put on hold. But Nada Elfeituri still writes, and still holds a candle for the “Young Writers of Benghazi” group:   Elfeituri, who
EBBY Seminar: Where Are The Books for Toddlers and Teens?

The Egyptian Board on Books for Young People (EBBY) has begun its new life with a talk at Al-Balsam Bookstore in Mohandiseen. Two problem areas were highlighted — the lack of Arabic books for toddlers and for teens:

By Dina ElAbd

Rania Amin is talking with her hands. Photo credit: Balsam Saad.

Mogadishu in Arabia: The Somalis Who Write Literature in Arabic

This essay first appeared on Baraza, a critical collaboration on the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa: 

By Xavier Luffin

“People don’t know what it means to become an Arab at six years old,” writes Somali author Mohammad Ali Diriye on the back cover of his short story

Why Novelist Youssef Ziedan Quits Egypt

Egyptian novelist Youssef Ziedan made a widely shared statement on Facebook yesterday: He will suspend “any cultural action or interaction in Egypt and the Arab world.”

This announcement came on the heels of a different announcement: Embattled Biblioteca Alexandrina director Ismail

Sharjah Book Fair in Numbers: 1.47 Visitors, $48.5 Million in Sales

The Sharjah International Book Fair ended on the 15th, and — by the numbers — it was the most successful in that city’s book fairs yet, drawing a number of visitors (or visits?) that puts it in league with the mammoth Cairo and Riyadh book fairs in terms of attendance:

The sign comes down

Not the ‘Day of the Imprisoned Writer’

Yesterday was PEN‘s Day of the Imprisoned Writer,” and they recognized five imprisoned writers. Today we remember five others:

Although PEN advocates for many imprisoned writers, they highlighted the life and work of five: E

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A Corpus, Not a Canon: Translating Classical Arabic for the Modern Reader

n Nov. 20, a number of Library of Arabic Literature (LAL) stalwarts will be found at the Penn Bookstore in Philadelphia, giving a talk about “A Corpus, Not a Canon: Translating Classical Arabic for the Modern Reader”:

The talk will feature LAL Editorial Board members Shawkat Toorawa, who could

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