Author Sherif Lotfy: inspired by cinema and popular storytelling

16 Oct 2014
Sherif Lotfy is a young man who studied engineering, majoring in the economics of heritage. Then he entered the world of literature, issing his first novel last year and following it with a second novel that carried the strange title of...

New book at Cairo's book fair tackles atheism

25 Jan 2014
A new book by journalist Mounir Adib, a specialist in Islamic movements, was released under the title "Atheism: Between the Ideas of Atheists and their Migration."   The 185-page book penetrates the world of atheists, a...

Words behind bars: The first documentation of prison literature

19 Jan 2014
“Word behind bars,” written by Mounir Adib, is a unique book that allows readers to see the underside of a subculture of people that differ from the general public perspective.   For years we have studied the leaders...

Official: Qatari and Turkish publishers to participate in Cairo Book Fair

22 Dec 2013
Publishing houses from Qatar and Turkey will participate in the 45th Cairo Book Fair, taking place 22 January to 4 February, according to the head of the General Egyptian Book Organization Ahmed Megahed.   He explained that cultural...

State-run authority releases a book on Jews in Egyptian Cinema

"Jews and cinema in Egypt and the Arab world" book cover
21 Nov 2013
The state-owned General Authority for Cultural Palaces has recently released the book “Jews and cinema in Egypt and the Arab world” by critic Ahmed Raafat Bahgat, to tackle the role of Jewish cinema makers and artists in the...

‘The Luminaries’ claims Man Booker Prize

New Zealand writer Eleanor Catton, winner of the Man Booker Prize 2013, poses for photographs at the Guildhall in central London, 15 October 2013. 
23 Oct 2013
Literary circles in London are praising ‘The Luminaries’, a stunning novel that has won the ‘Man Booker Prize’, the highest literary award in Britain and to many, the whole English language. It amounts to 50,000...

A Dictionary of the Revolution: a popular documentation

"A Dictionary of the Revolution" by Amire Hanafy.
24 Sep 2013
Writer Amira Hanafy is currently working on a “popular” dictionary to document the Egyptian revolution.   “A Dictionary of the Revolution” aims to give new definitions of a lot of terminology, which are...

Rare "Harry Potter" first edition fetches record auction price

Fans wait to see actors from the Harry Potter films at the opening of the Warner Brothers Studio Tour- The Making of Harry Potter near Watford north London March 31, 2012.
Credit: Reuters/Luke MacGregor
22 May 2013
A unique first edition of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" annotated by author J.K. Rowling has sold for a record 150,000 pounds ($227,421) at a London charity auction, Sotheby's said on Tuesday. The 1997 book,...

Kuwait author wins Arabic book prize for tale of foreign workers

The jury members, Economist Galal Amin, Lebanese critic Sobhi al-Boustani, acclaimed cartoonist Ali Ferzat, Polish professor Barbara Michalak-Pikulska, and Manchester University Professor Zahia Smail Salhi, announced the shortlist of the 2013 International Prize for Arabic Fiction in Tunis on 9 January.
Image courtesy of Kamel Riahi
23 Apr 2013
  LONDON — Kuwaiti author Saud Alsanousi has won the 2013 International Prize for Arabic Fiction for his portrayal of the lives of foreign workers in Gulf countries in "The Bamboo Stalk." The 31-year-old Alsanousi...

‘Dogs Don’t Eat Chocolate’ offers little beyond catchy name

22 Apr 2013
Only a few months after the launch of “The Time of Beautiful Melancholy,” author Omar Taher graced his avid readers with another collection of his articles from 2012. The satirical writer and journalist celebrated the...