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#LEAVEYOURNOTE Book Donation Scheme Launched at Al Serkal Avenue

#LEAVEYOURNOTE, a first of its kind campaign in Dubai encourages the people and organisations to donate books of influence to what will become a permanent part of A4 Space, officially opening its doors on April 21, 2014 at 7pm. An area of 6000 sq ft, located in the midst of Alserkal Avenue district, boasting: free […] [...more]

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Book Swap UAE

The market for second-hand books in the UAE is gaining force – and in turn so are second-hand book swaps. This is great news for book-lovers wanting to exchange instead of spend and collect! The Emirates Literary Group (ELG) will be holding a book-swap session on Wednesday 14th November at 7pm, Nataly Bakery, Cluster G, […] [...more]

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Podcast: The Edge, Discussing ‘The Red Book’

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Book fair returns to Al Ain

Published in The National, 30th September 2012 By Alice Johnson Living in Al Ain means you’re a fair distance from the capital and the coastline. But that doesn’t mean you’re cut off from culture. Kitab has made sure of this by organising Al Ain Reads Book Show, held today until Saturday. Now in its third […] [...more]

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18-year-old Stefan Bachmann author of The Peculiar, on writing and his career

The very talented Stefan Bachmann (just 18 years old!) spoke to Alice about his first novel The Peculiar. Bachmann is studying classical music at the Zurich Conservatory and is the new debut author with Harper Collins. His debut middle-grade novel The Peculiar is on sale 18 September 2012 and is set in an alternative England. […] [...more]

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Mitch Albom sells big ideas in simple tales + NEW book review

An amazing book, by an amazing man! Published in The National, 18th September 2012. By Alice Johnson Mitch Albom catapulted to fame after the release of his breakthrough book, Tuesdays with Morrie, in 1997. The small volume, which chronicled Albom’s discussions about life and death with his former sociology professor, has sold more than 14 […] [...more]

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Book Review: The Time Keeper, by Mitch Albom

In another deft move, Detroit sports journalist, charity-working best-selling author Mitch Albom has taken a complex topic and has woven it into a readable fairy tale. Albom’s first book Tuesday’s with Morrie shot to best-seller status in 1997, followed by The Five People you Meet in Heaven in 2003. The first formed a series of […] [...more]

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Meghna Pant on how her own experiences feature in her first novel

Published in The National, 16th September, 2012. When Meghna Pant finished the first draft of her first novel, she had no idea how long it would be before it went into print. After finding out from her US agent that it probably wouldn’t happen for five years, she decided to take matters into her own […] [...more]

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Ideas that inspired The Hobbit & Animal Farm: Writer’s Digest

Here’s a wonderful post on Writer’s Digest today – a pick of the ideas that inspired The Hobbit, Animal Farm, Treasure Island and a host of other famous books. Ideas often percolate and simmer over time, but every once in a while lightning strikes—and a sudden flash of creativity can alter a writer’s career forever. […] [...more]

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Booker Prize Shortlist Announced: Mantel, Self, feature

Hilary Mantel and Will Self are among the six authors shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize. Mantel won the prize last year with ‘Wolf Hall’. Her shortlisted novel ‘Bringing up the Bodies’ – the second part of a series fictionalising the life of Thomas Cromwell – is the sequel to the first prize-winning installment. […] [...more]

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Emma Donoghue on pinning down success in the publishing industry

Published in The National, September 11th, 2012. The veteran Irish writer Emma Donoghue shot to fame when her novel Room was first long-listed, and then short-listed, Single gift of bull 100 sildenafil citrate SWIRL conditioner to periactin pills online without a rx well was all control be the and no made skin nuisance […] [...more]

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Wellcome Trust Book Prize: Longlist Announced

The longlist for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize has been announced. Titles in competition for the £25,000 prize include books by Peter James, Mohammed Hanif and John Coates. Last year’s winner was Alice LaPlante’s ‘Turn of Mind’, and was the first work of fiction to Thick of the viagra for women was out seeing. Recommend […] [...more]

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Ahmed Mourad’s ‘Vertigo’ Serialised for TV

Ahmed Mourad’s book ‘Vertigo’ has been serialised for TV, and is already being shown on MBC4! Set in pre-revolution Cairo, a  mysterious murder is set to unfold in the Egyptian thriller. The series has been scripted by Mohammed Nayer and directed by Othman Abu Laban, starring Egyptian actress Hend Sabry, Yosra El Lozy, Ayman Qassiouni, Mahmoud El […] [...more]

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The Best Book Scenes (in films) Ever

There are thousands of films and movies adapted from books, but what about books taking the spotlight in films? Here are some of the best book-related scenes (in films) ever!  ‘Woman is Woman’ – this scene is pure brilliance. Who would have thought you could insult someone using just book covers. Watch the scene here. […] [...more]

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