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Stunning New Book Explores Symbolism of West Bank Barrier


Olivia Snaije and Mitch Albert’s new book ‘Keep Your Eye on the Wall: Palestinian Landscapes’ offers a challenging, witty, and altogether unique look at the West Bank barrier.

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Scenes from the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival

Live a Million Lives, Go a Million Places...READ

The recent Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival offered a unique spectacle for readers and a snapshot of children’s book publishing issues in the Middle East.

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Mark Linz: One Man We Can Thank for Opening Arabic Lit to the West

Mark Linz helped open Arabic literature to Western readers

Mark Linz, the long-serving director of the American University in Cairo Press, died this month, but his legacy lives on in the editors, translators and publishers he fostered.

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Short List for International Prize for Arabic Fiction Offers Surprises

Arabic Fiction Prize

The shortlist for the 2013 International Prize for Arabic Fiction includes titles that might surprise non-Arabic readers, offering insight into the Arab mind.

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Independent Publishers Association Launched in the Maghreb

Nacéra Khiat and participants during introductory session

AMELI, the Association Maghrebine des Editeurs du Livre Independents, was launched late last month. The organization currently has 22 members

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Ezzat El Kamhawi Awarded 2012 Naguib Mahfouz Medal

Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature

Egyptian author Ezzat El Kamhawi has been awarded the 2012 Naguib Mahfouz Medal and $1,000 for his novel, The House of al-Deeb.

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Banipal 45: A Literary Dream for a Forsaken Country


Banipal’s 45th issue, which marks its 15th year of continuous publication, has just been released, and—with impeccable timing—features writers from all regions of Palestine.

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Hay Festival Returns to Beirut, Defying Tension with Syria

Hay Festival Beirut

The Hay Festival has returned to Beirut for another three day event, with than 50 authors, journalists, artists, and thinkers convening to share stories and ideas.

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Gaza or Bust: Palestine Festival of Literature Perseveres

PalFest 2012 logo

The 5th Palestine Festival of Literature takes place this weekend, and has overcome challenges to put together one of the most ambitious programs yet.

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Sharjah IBBY Fund Launched with 1 Million Swiss Francs

From left to right: Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi, Ahmad Reza, and Marwa Al Aqroubi during the launch of the fund.

The fund, sponsored by the Sharjah government, implement reading projects for children living in Central Asia, and North Africa.

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