As Maalouf Joins Académie Française, Label “Francophone” Questioned

In Arabic Publishing by Edward Nawotka

By Olivia Snaije PARIS: Amin Maalouf, the Franco-Lebanese author, perhaps best known for his Goncourt Prize-winning book The Rock of Tanios was admitted to the venerable Académie Française, or French Academy, in June. Maalouf is the second writer of Arab origin to accede to the Academy — in 2005 Algerian-born writer Assia Djebar was voted in. Founded in 1635, the Académie Française …

Jordan’s Salwa Shakhshir Blogs About Publishers Training in UAE

In Arabic Publishing by Edward Nawotka

Several times a year KITAB, the organization behind the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, and the Center for Publishing at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, hold professional training courses for publishers on the campus of NYU Abu Dhabi. Last year Salwa Shakhshir of Al Salwa Books, a children’s book publisher from Amman, Jordan, blogged about the event …

The 2011 Arab-American Book Award Winners

In Arabic Publishing by Edward Nawotka

From the press release: Dearborn, MI (June 1, 2011) – Established American literary luminaries and compelling new voices inspired by global events are represented among the winners of the 2011 Arab American Book Award presented by the Arab American National Museum. This national literary competition, the only one of its kind in the U.S., is designed to draw attention to …

Sharjah Sheikh’s Lavish London Bloomsbury Bio Launch

In Arabic Publishing by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm Given that the ruler of Sharjah, His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, is fond of saying that the book is the symbol of his emirate, it was only appropriate that Bloomsbury UK chose to launch his memoirs My Early Life, with a lavish dinner at London’s very own temple of the book, the British Library …

At #LBF11: Embracing the Education Market in the Middle East

In Arabic Publishing by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “Any publisher who considers themselves to be an international publisher cannot ignore the Middle East and the GCC countries in particular” says Bill Kennedy, director of the Avicenna Partnership, a company that acts as a marketing and sales rep for education publishers selling into the region. “But the thing that we have to be realistic about is …