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One Book, Many Communities': Reading As a Form of Protest

This winter, Librarians and Archivists with Palestine (LAP) is coordinating a new international reading campaign called “One Book, Many Communities.” It’s a shared book club across boundaries and borders, and will launch in January 2015 with Susan Abulhawa’Mornings

Sheikh Zayed Book Award’s 2015 Literature Longlist Features Prominent Authors

esterday, Sheikh Zayed Book Award organizers announced the prize’s ten-book longlist for the “literature” category, which comprises both poetry and narrative works:

This year, a number of well-known authors are on the list, including Griffin Prize-winning Palestinian poet

Cairo Book Fair to Launch Professional Program

Since their launch and expansion, the two big big book fairs in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah have attracted the most attention from non-Arab publishers. But Cairo is now attempting to throw its hat into the ring with the city’s first-ever professional program:

From Publishing Perspectives:

In early

June Rain: Searching for a Murderer Among Murderers

abbour Douaihy’s novels have been acclaimed and awarded in the last few years, both in Arabic and in French translation. Now, with a new translation of his June Rain by Paula Haydar, one hopes the Lebanese author will begin attracting admirers in English, too:

Major Victory Against Censorship in Lebanon

It was not long ago that playwright Lucien Bourjeily (@lucienbourjeily), nominated for a 2014 Index Freedom of Expression Award for his censored play “Is It Permitted or Not,” announced that he’d been prevented from traveling to perform

Zaat: On Changing Gender Relations from Book to Screen

Contributor Aisha K. Nasser explores the difference between Sonallah Ibrahim’s classic novel, Zaat, and the TV series it inspired, just as news comes that Ibrahim’s Sharaf (Honor) will also be coming to the screen:

By Aisha K. Nasser

Introduction

“Zaat” in Arabic is a

An Appeal: Help Rebuild the IBBY Libraries in Gaza

The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) has helped fund, supply, and train staff at two libraries in Gaza. One saw damage when it was occupied by the Israeli military, and the other was entirely destroyed, the building where it was housed razed to the ground:

 

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