The UK PA is ‘not taking lessons from any freedom foundation people who say publishers are locking stuff up in this digital age,’ says CEO Richard Mollet.
Publishers in the Middle East describe how they are trying to get around daily challenges, in particular falling book sales, resulting from instability.
Sheikha Bodour, founder of the Emirates Publishers Association (EPA), discusses initiatives aimed at professionalizing publishing in the Arab world.
David Hirsch, UCLA’s librarian for Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies, is on a mission to collect the best printed material from the Arab world.
The publisher of Actes Sud’s Sinbad and Babel lines of Arabic lit is also the not-so-secret historian of Arabic cuisine, Ziryab, now translated to Arabic.
Winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, Shukri Mabkhout spoke of his inspiration in the Tunisian revolution and use of Modern Standard Arabic.
Franco-Tunisian street artist eL Seed, as depicted in his book “Lost Walls,” has found an audience by re-contextualizing the art of Arabic calligraphy.
Mohammed Berrada, one of Morocco’s leading authors, discusses his decision to write in Arabic, the influence of France, and literature in Morocco.
The Arabic e-book market remains hampered by difficulties with display technology, piracy and censorship, problems that require new thinking, skills, and tools.
Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi won the $50,000 International Prize for Arabic Literature, commonly referred to as the Arabic Booker.