The Book Initiative: New book swap scheme in Abu Dhabi

The Book Initiative by Deerfields Townsquare and The Book Shelter. Deerfields Townsquare and The Book Shelter have collaborated to bring to you The Book Initiative. The Book Initiative’s sole vision is to promote reading and self-education within a community. You can drop all your old books in our Book Donations Box located at the mall, […] [...more]

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Emirates Airline Festival of Literature revamps Festival Friends for New Year

Dubai, 06 December, 2014: Regular Festival-goers are in for a treat this New Year with a host of new benefits added to the Festival Friends programme, said organisers of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. The Festival Friends programme is an annual membership that offers attractive benefits for a variety of sessions with some of […] [...more]

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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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Emirates Festival of Literature Announces 2014 Author Line-up

The newly-rebranded Emirates Festival of Literature announced its 2014 line-up on 21st October, 2013, at a gala dinner in the Intercontinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City (the home of the Festival). It’s always nice to go to an event, meet authors, talk writing and leave with a free book! EMIRATES FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE REVEALS SPARKLING AUTHOR […] [...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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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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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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