A Tale of Four Cities is an online literary magazine featuring fiction and creative nonfiction set in real locations in four cities – New York, Dubai, London and the first guest city, Mumbai. This project bridges the gap between travel writing and creative writing, bringing together stories that reflect the real and the imagined within our cities. The website, www.talefourcities.com, will be coming soon with your stories.
Kutub stands in support with people of Egypt. As we look to Arabic Literature, included below are some links to discussions about the impact of current events on Egypt’s authors, readers, publishing houses, etc.
Novelist Ahdaf Soueif speaking from Tahrir Square on Democracy Now (Kutub featured author, April 2011)
Novelist Nawal El Saadawi supports the Revolution (Kutub featured author, November 2010)
The EAIFL (Emirates Airline Festival of Literature) returns Tues 8th to Sat 12th March 2011 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Dubai Festival City. The Festival creates a wonderful opportunity for UAE nationals, visitors and residents to meet famous authors, attend literary debates, listen to readings, participate in workshops, and experience the exciting fringe and children’s events. With simultaneous translation in all events, the Festival is a meeting of minds where ideas are shared and friendships are formed – not least among the authors themselves, who whether festival veteran or novice have praised the lively atmosphere and the diverse, intellectually switched-on audience.
We look forward to seeing you at the 21st Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 15 – 20 March 2011!
For six days in March the ADIBF turns into the meeting point for all international and Arab publishers turning ADIBF into the nation’s biggest book shop for six days, offering all in attendance a unique chance to fill in the gaps in their libraries. Indeed, some schools and libraries loook forward to the fair to buy their entire book supply for the coming year. The program includes author lectures, book signings, poetry performances by local and international poets and a live daily cooking show.
For more information visit: http://adbookfair.com/
On Monday, February 7th we gathered to discuss The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptimist (Al-Waka’i al gharieba fi ikhtifa Said Abul Nahs al-Mutasha’il) by Emile Habiby
This contemporary classic by Emile Habibi (إميل حبيبي), tells the story of a Palestinian who becomes a citizen of Israel, combines fact and fantasy, tragedy and comedy. Saeed is the comic hero, the luckless fool, whose tale tells of aggression and resistance, terror and heroism, reason and loyalty that typify the hardships and struggles of Arabs in Israel. An informer for the Zionist state, his stupidity, candor, and cowardice make him more of a victim than a villain; but in a series of tragicomic episodes, he is gradually transformed from a disaster-haunted, gullible collaborator into a Palestinian — no hero still, but a simple man intent on survival and, perhaps, happiness.
Widely read throughout the Arab world and translated into more than a dozen languages, including Hebrew, Habibi’s novels and stories explored the conflicts of a people caught between their Arab identity and their Israeli citizenship. Habibi was a Palestinian writer and politician who, while asserting his Arab identity and heritage, was also an advocate of Jewish-Arab coexistence and mutual recognition. Continue reading