EAFL’s packed 2010 Festival program includes author sessions, workshops and entertainment for adults, children and teens. Held from March 10th-13th at the InterContinental Hotel in Dubai Festival City, the Festival is under the patronage of Dubai Culture &Arts Authority (Dubai Culture).
We’re looking forward to the 2010 Abu Dhabi International Book Fair from March 2 – 7th. It will include authors’ talks, publishing industry panel discussions and of course lots of books for sale from around the Arab world and international booksellers. Here’s an update of the authors that are coming… Continue reading
On February 21, 2010 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm there will be a Lecture on Visual Reﬂections on Arabic Poetry by Salwa Mikdadi Head of the Arts & Culture Programme, The Emirates Foundation, as part of the Spring Season of events from the NYU Abu Dhabi, in association with ADMAF.
In Arabic, the term Khatt references writing as drawing denoting the dimensions of calligraphy as an art form first developed to preserve the sacred words of the Quran and adhering to strict rules and styles. The formal calligraphic tradition dominated until the 1940s, when Arabic letters appeared in modern Arab art drawn in an abstract style. These fragments of Arabic texts were a reaffirmation of Arab identity and an assertion of the personal and variable in contrast to the sacred and immutable. Recently, Arab poets in collaboration with Arab artists and artists who write poetry created works that empower the image and enrich the word. This lecture will explore ways in which cursive writing in the form of poetry is used as an element of composition to create a union between two aesthetics.
Location and Time: Al Mamoura Auditorium, Abu Dhabi | 6:30 – 8:30 pm | Map
Contact details: NYU Abu Dhabi Institute, +971 2 659 0596, firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some award winning recommendations to read…
Emirates Foundation International Prize for Arabic Fiction Shortlist – 2010
- A Cloudy Day of the West Side – Muhammad Al-Mansi Qindeel
- Beyond Paradise – Mansoura Ez Eldin
- America – Rabee Jabir
- She Throws Sparks – Abdo Khal
- The Lady from Tel-Aviv – Raba’i Madhoun
- When the Wolves Grow Old – Jamal Naji
Emirates Foundation International Prize for Arabic Fiction Shortlist – 2009
- Hunger – Mohamed El-Bisatie
- The Unfaithful Translator – Fawwaz Haddad
- The American Granddaughter – Inaam Kachachi
- Time of White Horses – Ibrahim Nasrallah
- The Scents of Marie-Claire – Habib Selmi
- Beelzebub – Youssef Ziedan (Prize Recipient 2009)
Emirates Foundation International Prize for Arabic Fiction Shortlist – 2008
Sheikh Zayed Book Award for Literature
- Dafater Al-Tadween: Vol VI – Gamal Al Ghitani (2009)
- Call of What Was Far – Ibrahim Al-Koni (2008)
- The Prince and the Passage of the Iron Doors – Wacini Al-Aaraj (2007)
Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature winners
We met on Monday, February 1st at 7:45 to discuss the selected works by Khalil Gibran (in Arabic جبران خليل ). Gibran was a Lebanese American artist, poet, and writer. He is chiefly known for his 1923 book The Prophet, a series of philosophical essays written in English prose and an early example of Inspirational fiction.
Given that Khalil Gibran is so well known for The Prophet, this was our focus, however we also talked about Gibran’s impact more broadly….