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Arabic YA: Is It Possible to Intrigue Young Adults Without Upsetting Gatekeepers?

“Young adult” readers of Arabic literature, by demographic rights, should be the biggest and most voracious audience for new books.

Some young adults are driving the success of books like Essam Youssef’s1/4 Grama novel based on a true story of drug use, and Ahmed

Yesterday, the University of Arkansas formally announced the co-winners of their 2014 Arabic Translation Prize. Today, a story first published in Banipal from co-winning author Hisham Bustani, trans. co-winning translator Thoraya El-Rayyes:

Hisham Bustani

Translated from Arabic by

Two Winners of This Year’s University of Arkansas Translation Prize

For the first time, two works have been chosen as co-winners of the University of Arkansas Award for the Translation of Arabic Literature, which is set to be announced today at the Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA) annual meeting:

The co-winners are:

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‘Diary of a Muslim Jew’: And Yes, That’s the Book’s Title

We have become so accustomed to thinking of religion as a place of singularity in human identity that Diary of a Jewish Musilm gives all the shock in translation that author Kamal Ruhayyim surely intended in the original:

It was — as I have written earlier – beginning

Egyptian Novelist Mohamed Nagui Dies at 68

gyptian novelist and poet Mohamed Nagui died in Paris after undergoing liver surgery. He was 68:

Nagui, who won the Nile Award (formerly State Excellence Award) in 2013, had been ill for several years.

He was born in Gharbiya governorate in 1946 and wrote poetry before turning to

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.

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