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Voices From Sharjah’s Children’s Reading Festival

Ahmed Al Ameri

The ongoing Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival has become a major attraction for families and young readers in the region, and publishers are taking notice.

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Major New Arabic Ebookstore Seeing Early Success

Ashraf Maklad, MD,, a major new Arabic ebookstore launched at this year’s Cairo Book Fair, has potential to be a gamechanger for publishing in the region.

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Ahdaf Soueif on Cairo’s Post-Revolution Literary Scene

Ahdaf Soueif

Ahdaf Soueif spoke with The Daily Beast about life in Cairo since the uprising as well as its impact on the city’s writers and bookstores.

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Doha’s Book Fair Strives to Put Qatar in a Positive Light

Abdullah Alansari has ambitions to continue to expand international participation.

Doha’s book fair may be overshadowed by Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, but it has ambitions to raise the cultural profile of Qatar in this fast developing region.

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Sharjah “Rights Souk” Fosters Key Partnerships on Geographic Fringe

The rights 'souk' at the Sharjah International Book Fair was bustling.

The latest Sharjah International Book Fair underscored its role in bringing together partners from countries and regions often on the fringes of other fairs.

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Hachette’s Man in the Middle East

Matt Cowdery, Hachette's man in the Middle East

Matt Cowdery, Hachette’s representative in the GCC, reflects on several publishing issues impacting the region including importation certificates, the Arab Spring and more.

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Graphic Novelist Jacques Ferrandez is Still Dreaming About Algiers


Jaques Ferrandez is beloved and celebrated in France yet practically unknown in the Anglo-Saxon world; his recent adaptation of ‘L’Étranger’ (The Stranger) has been a bestseller.

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“The Attack” Filmmakers Discuss Difficult Literary Adaptation

The Attack Movie Poster

Filmmakers Ziad Doueiri and Joëlle Touma talk about the challenges of adapting Yasmina Khadra’s novel about Middle East terrorism, “The Attack,” to the screen.

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Publishing is Another Victim of Syria’s Civil War

Bright Fingers Press at ADIBF

Syria’s civil war has decimated the local publishing business, all-but-ending the printing and sale of new books, and forcing many publishers and authors to emigrate.

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Is Poetry More Difficult to Translate Than Prose?

Syrian poet and perennial Nobel Prize-candidate Adonis.

Translating poetry is more than just how the language is structured, but also how thoughts and emotions are structured as well, says Adonis.

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