Roger Allen wins 2012 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation

Congratulations Roger Allen! Roger Allen is the winner of the 2012 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for his translation of A Muslim Suicide by Bensalem Himmich, published by Syracuse University Press. Humphrey Davies is the runner-up for his translation of I Was Born There, I Was Born Here by Mourid Barghouti, published by Bloomsbury. The four […] [...more]

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Writer’s Digest: THE 10 DOS AND DON’TS OF WRITING A QUERY LETTER

Here’s a great post from Writer’s Digest blogger Brian Klems. Thanks for the advice Brian!   Learning how to write a must-read query letter is nearly as important as writing a must-read manuscript—after all, an enticing query letter is what will get an agent to say, “Love your story. Send me the full manuscript.” While […] [...more]

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Great Story Generation Tips from Writer’s Digest

Thanks for these great tips, Writer’s Digest! 5 Ways to Come Up With Great Story Ideas We all have a million excellent ideas for stories, but, without fail, they magically disappear the minute we sit down to write. It seems impossible, but it happens constantly. Hours are wasted staring at a blank page. And, no […] [...more]

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Art, Design, Culture and Literature Library to open in Dubai

Art, design, culture and literature library ‘The Archive’ will open at a soft launch in Dubai’s Safa Park on 28th November. The contemporary library will be dedicated to Middle Eastern and North African art literature and aims to ‘provide a platform to promote a diverse and active cultural community, nurture a new generation’s interest in […] [...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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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 http://calduler.com/blog/canadian-rx-online be the and http://sailingsound.com/buying-cialis-online-scams.php no made skin nuisance […] [...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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Book an Edit, Get an Ad

FREE AD WHEN YOU BOOK AN EDIT Commission a book edit/proofread/critique from professional book editor Alice Johnson and you’ll receive a free advert on aejohnson.co.uk. With thousands of unique visitors and more than 41,000 hits* a month, the cost-free ad will reach your target market directly. Book-industry-related viewers will view the advert to your site, […] [...more]

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Mark Billingham Decodes the Deadly Side of Dinner Parties: Crime Writing

Published in The National, 22nd August 2012. Mark Billingham’s latest stand-alone novel Rush of Blood weaves the tale of a missing girl on holiday with murder, intrigue and suspense. The best-selling author of the Thorne detective series talks to Alice Johnson about where he stands on the crime genre. Why did you decide to write […] [...more]

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20 Grammatical Mistakes Corrected: LitReactor

Not everyone has gorgeous grammar… So the lovely people at LitReactor assigned their columnist Jon Gingerich to pen these top tips. See original post here. I’ve edited a monthly magazine for more than six years, and it’s a job that’s come with more frustration than reward. If there’s one thing I am grateful for — […] [...more]

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Autumn book releases 2012

Some great titles are set to be released in the next couple of months – let’s hope they live up to the hype! Here are my top fiction choices to watch out for this Autumn/fall. August: Mark Billingham’s latest tale of murder and mystery is a great read. Anyone who’s read a Thorne novel will […] [...more]

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Just My Type: paperback release & cool poster!

Just My Type (released September 2011) by Simon Garfield is ‘a book of stories about fonts’. Apparently it’s done for typefaces what Eats Shoots and Leaves did for grammar (see my interview with Lynne Truss here). Although the hardback was released last year, it’s being released in paperback this September (2012), along with this very […] [...more]

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New novel The Red Book tells a tale of Harvard

Before Facebook, there was The Red Book – Harvard’s five-yearly alumni class report. The tome features classmates’ updates and life experiences… or rather what they want others to read. Deborah Kopagen Cogan’s tale of four friends shows how Ivy-league students deal with their pressured lives: what will happen when their issues collide over one fateful […] [...more]

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