IPAF Mentors Young Arabic Writers, Produces Anthology

In Arabic Publishing by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Fiction writing in Arabic has suffered from neglect in international circles, with most of the attention going to poets or political manifestos. But things are starting to change and Western-style workshops are popping up around the Middle East. Over the next nine days, seven promising young Arabic writers will be taking part in a unique writers workshop …

Middle East Graphic Novelists Push Boundaries

In Growth Markets by Chip Rossetti

By Chip Rossetti • Last week, we looked the market for comic books and graphic novels in the Middle East is small, but growing. • In this, the second part of our two-part series, we examine how graphic novelists in the Middle East are pushing the boundaries of publishing by tackling controversial topics in their work, but also paying a price …

2010 Arab American Book Award Winners

In Arabic Publishing by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The  winners of the 2010 Arab American Book Award presented by the Arab American National Museum are: Fiction: Master of the Eclipse by Etel Adnan (Interlink) Non-Fiction: Angeleno Days: An Arab American Writer on Family, Place, and Politics by Gregory Orfalea (University of Arizona Press) Poetry: Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea: Poetry and Stories from …

Bloomsbury Qatar Parties with the Queen, Launches First List

In English Language by Chip Rossetti

by Chip Rossetti Not many new publishing imprints are feted with a launch party at Windsor Castle hosted by Queen Elizabeth II, but Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing (BQFP), a unique joint venture between the Qatar Foundation and Bloomsbury Publishing, got the royal treatment when it launched last week. The Windsor reception was attended by Sheikha Moza, the consort of the …

Is POD a Possible Answer to Book Distribution Barriers?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story we cover the launch of Abu Dhabi Distribution, a new pan-Arab book distribution company opened by the organization responsible for running the Abu Dhabi International Book Festival (ADIBF). Distribution has long been a problem for book publishers in the Arabic-speaking region, with 80% books only available within a five kilometer radius of the …

Abu Dhabi Launches Pan-Arab Book Distribution Company

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka ABU DHABI: On the opening day of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), the organization responsible for the event, has launched Abu Dhabi Distribution (ADD), a new private company to facilitate book distribution to the GCC countries, the Maghreb and the Levant, as well as servicing Arab communities …

“Nobody is under the illusion that literature can change the world.”

In Arabic Publishing by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox In this week’s The New Yorker, Claudia Roth Pierpont writes an interesting piece on the contemporary Arabic novel and the movement to increase the English-translation of Arabic works through Abu Dhabi’s Arabic Prize.  In the article, Pierpont heralds some of the great Arabic writers — Nobel Prize winning Naguib Mahfouz, Alaa Al Aswany, and Elias Khoury to name …

Looking at Arabic Fiction in Translation

In Arabic Publishing by Chip Rossetti

By Chip Rossetti The January 18 issue of the New Yorker has a great piece by Claudia Roth Pierpont (already available online) on Arabic novels in translation: I worked with some of these authors during my time at the American University in Cairo Press, so it’s a pleasure to see the New Yorker giving this growing literary landscape some well-deserved …