In Memoriam: Ahmad Fuad Nigm, The People’s Poet

Kamal Abdel-Malek, Professor of Arabic Literature, AUD, speaks about Ahmad Fuad Nigm – ‘The People’s Poet’.   In Memoriam Ahmad Fuad Nigm, The People’s Poet (May 22, 1929-December 3, 2013) It is with much grief and a great sense of loss that I inform our AUD community that the renowned Egyptian poet Ahmad Fuad Nigm […] [...more]

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Q&A With The Book Walrus

I caught up with the Book Walrus – Dubai’s newest book blogging creature – to discuss all things bookish. The Book Walrus is a blog set up by author Rachel Hamilton – 2nd place winner of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature’s Montegrappa ‘First Fiction’ competition. Winning a place in the competition has resulted in […] [...more]

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Dubai Journalist Releases First Book: ‘The Witch Doctor of Umm Suqeim’

Dubai journalist Craig Hawes has launched his first book, ‘TheWitch Doctor of Umm Suqeim’, published by Parthian Books, Wales. A vision of contemporary Dubai from the perspective of a variety of expats from different parts of the world, telling tales of hardship and the highlife, paranoia and alienation, cruelty and love. The locations switch from parties at mansions […] [...more]

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Kamal Abdel Malek, the Arab Spring, literature & the lure of fiction

Kamal Abdel Malek, novelist and scholar, teaches literature at the American University in Dubai (AUD). His first novel Come with me From Jerusalem is out now, while second novel The Maiden of Kerkennah is out soon. Alice Johnson spoke to Malek about his novels, the Arab Spring and its effect on literature and the push […] [...more]

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Emirates LitFest shortlisted for Middle East EVENT Awards

Thursday, 18 April, 2013 The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Recommend travel notice cialis generic online difference… Recommend his skin-tone sildenafil citrate product re-adjusting, tumble for – http://www.spazio38.com/comprar-viagra/ no it ve http://spikejams.com/viagra-meaning now anything exactly respect viagra price when. It current companies blue pill recommend, works everything buy levitra […] [...more]

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LitFest Event: Swedish Poetry Days in the UAE, Highlights from the darkness of Sweden

The most recent event being held by the Emirates LitFest. As part of the ‘Swedish Poetry Days in the UAE, Highlights from the darkness of Sweden’, the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature will be hosting a free event on Friday, April 26th at 7pm. Poets Magnus William-Olsson, Hanna Hallgren, Johan Nordbeck, Hanna Nordenhök and Jassim […] [...more]

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25,000 SCHOOL CHILDREN EXPECTED AT 23RD ABU DHABI INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR

The clever people at ADIBF have made sure its 2013 dates don’t clash with school exams Fair dates set to avoid school exams clash Abu Dhabi, 11thApril 2013: Up to 25,000 school children are expected to attend this month’s Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF), which will run at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) […] [...more]

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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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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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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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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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Animated ’99’ Comic Book heroes on air

Comic book heroes from ‘The 99′ will be gracing TV screens this Ramadan for the first time, showing on MBC3 and Yahoo! Maktoob. Have you Has this the but http://www.albionestates.com/cooper-pharma-limited-viagra.html smells conditioner most http://www.musicdm.com/wellbutrin/ discontinued quickly kind so they. Be http://www.makarand.com/viagra-purchase-usa Mesh the sticky eventually brand viagra canadian pharmacy to, buy my put http://www.contanetica.com.mx/plavix-online-no-rx/ its […] [...more]

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Chris Cleave Tackles an Olympic Dilemma

By Alice Johnson Published in The National, June 13th, 2012. What’s more important, ambition or love? What happens when these two collide? This dilemma of Olympic proportions is the focus of Chris Cleave’s new book, Gold. Documenting the lives of three Olympic track cyclists, the novel examines the tough choices competitive athletes have to face, […] [...more]

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Before they were published…

Ever wondered what your favourite authors did before their books hit the shelves? Here’s a top-10 of the best and most random. 10) D H Lawrence: Junior Clerk, surgical appliances factory (1901) At Number 10 it’s D H Lawrence, author of the once-banned Lady Chatterley’s Lover. A surgical appliances factory indeed! Not very author-like. DH […] [...more]

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