January 2015: Global Arab and Arabic Literary Events Calendar

The start of a list of January 2015 events dealing with Arabic literature in some sort of translation. Please add more below.

January 5

‘One Book’: Many Readings of Susan Abulhawa’s Mornings in Jenin(Worldwide)

The “One Book” readings begin on January 5 in Dèvillac, France and continue in the cities across the US, Sweden, Italy, Canada, Germany, England, and more. Look for an event in your area.

Arabic Literature group at the Boulder Public Library (Boulder, USA)

January’s discussion is of “The Gaza Kitchen,” by Laila M. El-Haddad and February’s The Seven Veils of Seth: A Modern Arabic novel from Libya, by Ibrahim al-Koni. More here.

January 7

Opening of the Qatar International Book Fair (Doha, Qatar)

Set to run through the 17th. More here.

January 8

A Conversation on The Holy Sail (Doha, Qatar)

A talk with author Abdulaziz al-Mahmoud and Dr. Khaled Hroub on al-Mahmoud’s second novel, due in English translation this year. At the Qatar Book Fair, Doha Exhibition Centre, 5:30 p.m.

January 11

In Loving Memory of Radwa Ashour (Cairo, Egypt)

A memorial set to be held at Ain Shams University. More here.

AUC Press Book Club Discussion with Author Mona Prince (Cairo, Egypt)

At 7 p.m. at the 26th of July Diwan Bookstore in Zamalek. More here.

January 12

International Prize for Arabic Fiction longlist announcement (Worldwide)

According to IPAF organizers, “In just under three weeks, on 12 January 2015, the 16 novels that have made it onto this year’s longlist will be announced, kicking off the highly anticipated 2015 IPAF prize. The shortlisted titles will be revealed soon after that, on Friday 13 February 2015, in Casablanca, Morocco, as will this year’s panel of five judges.”

January 21

Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange: Robert Irwin in conversation with Marina Warner (London, England)

Set to begin at 7 p.m. at the London Review Bookshop. More here.

January 28

Opening Day of the Cairo International Book Fair (Cairo, Egypt)

Set to run through the 2nd of February. More here.

January 29

Cairo International Book Fair’s First Ever Professional Program (Cairo, Egypt)

On the grounds of the book fair and around the city, from January 29-31.

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