Written by M. Lynx Qualey, ArabLit provides news on Arabic literature, features on fresh literary voices from the region, and profiles on Arabic-English literary translations.
- 12 Short-short Stories for the Shortest Day of the Year 21 Dec 2013For the shortest day of the year, 12 short-short stories for your reading pleasure.
- Arab Authors’ Favorites of 2013 20 Dec 2013Just like last year, ArabLit asked a few acclaimed and award-winning authors for their favorite reads of 2013.
- Sudanese Poet, Artist Mohamed Bahnas Dies Homeless in Cairo 19 Dec 2013Numerous news outlets are reporting that multitalented Mohamed Hussein Bahnas -- guitarist, singer, artist, poet, and novelist -- died of hunger and exposure on out Cairo's streets.
- Looking Back at 2013: The Year in Arabic Literature (in Translation) 19 Dec 2013ArabLit looks back at some of the big awards, events, and at those who left us in 2013.
- How to Reinvigorate the Beirut, Doha Book Fairs? 18 Dec 2013Two Arabic book fairs were held at the beginning of December -- one in Doha and one in Beirut -- and they both reported slow sales. Al-Sharq al-Awsat said that "reports regarding the demise of the Arab-language book are perhaps looking somewhat exaggerated," although noting that sales have been down for the past three years.
- Arabic Literature, Malayalam Readers 17 Dec 2013Abu Dhabi-based translator S.A. Qudsi has translated a wide range of Arab authors -- Nawal al-Saadawi, Ghada Samman, Naguib Mahfouz, Salwa Bakr, Ghassan Kanafani, Najwa Barakat -- into Malayalam. He also translates from English, Indonesian, and Farsi. He answered a few questions about the Arabic-Malayalam relationship for our Arabic Literature, World Readers […]
- Starting Today, Party Like It’s World Arabic Language(s) Day 16 Dec 2013World Arabic Language Day -- singular, in UNESCO's estimation -- isn't until Dec. 18, but the events begin today. It's a UN-designated holiday that was designed as an annual celebration to "promote multilingualism and cultural diversity, as well as celebrate Arabic language’s role in and contribution to the safeguarding and dissemination […]
- Staging Khaled al-Khamissi’s ‘Taxi’: Anywhere The Show Will Fit 15 Dec 2013Brian Farish, Rewan El-Ghaba, and Kevin Dean, and Yasmin Galal are the core of The Thousand Tongues, a new Cairo-based theatre company that will be staging a theatrical version of Khaled al-Khamissi's 'Taxi' starting this January. The production, which will run alternately in Arabic and English, will open at a new performance space, VENT, on J […]
- If You’re In London: Honoring Author Fadi Azzam, Raising Money for Syrian Children 14 Dec 2013Haus Publishing is putting together a "Christmas Drinks" event both to honor visiting Syrian novelist Fadi Azzam and to raise funds for SCHAMS, an organization founded by novelist Rafik Schami in order to aid Syrian children.
- ArabLit Had a Contest. You Won’t Believe What Happened Next. 13 Dec 2013Although Upworthy only started in late March of this year, it's been inspiring imitators and parodies at least since July. We enjoy Upworthy parodies as much as the next person, so we'd like to run a modest parody contest (as an excuse to give away some fantastic books).