Translating 'The Yacoubian Building' into Hebrew stirs controversy

03 Apr 2016
The Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot announced the recent printing of Alaa al-Aswany's "The Yacoubian Building" in Hebrew. The celebrated novel, written by the 58 year old writer and dentist, will now be available in...

Intellectuals to 'burn' literary works in protest at novelist's jail sentence

21 Feb 2016
Authors are planning to “burn” their literary works in protest at the two-year jail sentence handed to author Ahmed Naji on Saturday for publishing a chapter of his novel allegedly containing erotic scenes. The editor-in-chief...

Prominent writer Alaa al-Deeb passes away at 77

19 Feb 2016
Writer Alaa al-Deeb passed away in Maadi Military Hospital on Thursday evening at the age of 77.   The funeral will be held after Friday prayers in Sayyed Aisha mosque.   Deeb was born in 1939 and obtained his bachelor of law...

A good book can change your life

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05 Feb 2016
New research out of the UK has found yet another benefit of picking up a good book, with avid readers likely to feel satisfied with their lives.  The study, conducted by the University of Liverpool's Centre for Research into...

Cairo's esteemed book fair opens January 27

26 Jan 2016
The 2016 Cairo International Book Fair is set to begin on January 27 and run until February 10 under the title "Culture on the Frontlines".    The book fair is symbolic of Cairo's high seat in the Arab world's...

Shunned by establishment, Israeli novel on taboo love flourishes

Israeli author Dorit Rabinyan with her Hebrew-language novel titled 'Gader Haya' ('Borderlife') at her house in the coastal city of Tel Aviv. Rabinyan's book has been left off courses in a bid to avoid encouraging relationships between Jews and Arabs. – AFP pic, January 8, 2016. - 
13 Jan 2016
A love story between an Israeli Jew and a Palestinian Muslim has become an unlikely bestseller, after Israel's education ministry refused to allow the book in the high school curriculum.   Dorit Rabinyan's "Gader Haya...

US bestseller list in 2015

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06 Jan 2016
Harper Lee's second novel "Go Set a Watchman" topped the US bestseller list in 2015, selling 1.6 million copies more than half a century after her Pulitzer-winning first book was published.   The figures were based on US...

Harry Potter author backs black Hermione

Author J.K. Rowling hosts a special family fundraising evening in aid of her children's charity, Lumos, at the ''Warner Bros. Studio - The Making of Harry Potter in Hertfordfshire'' in London, 9 November 2013.
23 Dec 2015
Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling on Monday praised the casting of a black actress to play the wizard's sidekick Hermione Granger in a London play based on the saga.   Producers of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child",...

Romeo and Juliet still fascinates TV, movie world

Britain will celebrate 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare, its most famous literary figure, next year. 
22 Dec 2015
Three projects based on William Shakespeare's romantic tragedy are currently in the works in Hollywood. In addition to an ABC series and a Lionsgate movie, the Fox network has plans for a new TV version of the story.   More than...

Top books of 2015 according to Barnes & Noble

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09 Dec 2015
Bookseller Barnes & Noble has released its picks for the top books of 2015, in categories that include the best celebrity memoirs, books that got people talking, novels waiting to be made into big screen adaptations and best-sellers....