Signs of the Times: The Popular Literature of Tahrir

Kutub highly recommends Signs of the Times: the Popular Literature of Tahrir: Protest Signs, Graffiti, and Street Art the April edition of Shahadat, a monthly online series created by ArteEast designed to provide a platform for experimentation and promotion of short form writing on the web. This issue, co-curated by Rayya El Zein & Alex Ortiz, takes as its focus the popular literature of the Egyptian Revolution. Drawing on protest signs, graffiti, and street art in Tahrir to read the culture of resistance particular to the Egyptian Revolution, the curators examine how protesters changed the political narrative through the use of images, memorials, and expressions of daily life.

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Iraqi In Paris by Samuel Shimon: English and Author’s Interview

The revised edition of An Iraqi in Paris: An Autobiographical Novel by Samuel Shimon has been published by Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing (BQFP), as a part of its series of publications listed for this year. Shimon, who is now resident in London is the co-founder and assistant editor of Banipal, the leading magazine of Arab Literature in English.

Those in the UK will have the opportunity to attend an interview with the author hosted by the Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation on Monday April 11th at the London Book Fair: Monday, April 11th from 3:30-4:30pm. For details email Safaa Marish at bqfp @

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A Tale of Four Cities – Literary Magazine Call for Submissions

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,, will be coming soon with your stories.

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Literature related news in Egypt

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.

Words Without Borders, literary informed article by Chris Rosetti

ArabLit blog on 60s generation Egyptian authors and Revolution

American University in Cairo Press ransacked by police

Cairo Book Fair Canceled

Western publishers responsibility to support Egyptian publishers

Novelist Ahdaf Soueif speaking from Tahrir Square on Democracy Now (Kutub featured author, April 2011)

Novelist Ahmed Alaidy in the Washington Post and via Bloomsbury Qatar (Kutub featured author, March 2007)

Novelist Alaa Al Aswany in the LA Times and in The Independent (Kutub featured author, Feb 2007 and May 2008)

Novelist Nawal El Saadawi supports the Revolution (Kutub featured author, November 2010)

The WSJ on the safety of Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Recommendations on relevant reading lists from ArabLit blog

Poetry and Protest article by Elliot Colla posted on

Amany Aly Shawky in Al Masry al Youm on police brutality in Egyptian Literature