Top selling-books in US

A pile of books
30 Apr 2015
Nora Roberts' "The Liar" knocked "The Girl on the Train" from the No. 1 spot on the US bestsellers list on Thursday, which it had held for a dozen weeks. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers...

Naguib Mahfouz's favorite cafes

Naguib Mahfouz
18 Apr 2015
The friendship between Awad Bahr, the manager of Ali Baba cafe, and the deceased Nobel-laureate Naguib Mahfouz started when Bahr was 17.   "I used to come to the cafe before I started writing. I met with Mahfouz on the upper...

Germany's Guenter Grass, author of 'The Tin Drum', dies at 87

13 Apr 2015
German novelist Guenter Grass, the Nobel Prize-winning author of "The Tin Drum", an epic treatment of the Nazi era, died on Monday at the age of 87, his publishers said.   A broad-shouldered man with a drooping moustache,...

Toil and trouble: Researchers link Shakespeare to disputed play

Christian Van Nieuwerburgh places a symbolic quill in the hand of a statue of William Shakespeare, marking the 450th anniversary of his birth inside Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon, in this file photo taken April 26, 2014.
11 Apr 2015
"This is the short and the long of it," as William Shakespeare wrote in "The Merry Wives of Windsor."   A play called "Double Falsehood" published in 1728 by a man who claimed it was based on a lost...

Sales of books on Islam rocket after France attacks

A pile of books
04 Apr 2015
Books on Islam are selling out in France after deadly extremist attacks in the capital raised uncomfortable questions about Europe's fastest-growing religion.   A special magazine supplement focused on the Koran has flown off the...

'The Girl on the Train' No. 1 on bestsellers list for 9th week

Book cover of 'THe Girl on the Train'
04 Apr 2015
Author Paula Hawkins' debut thriller, "The Girl on the Train," kept the top spot No. 1 on the US bestsellers list for the ninth consecutive week.   Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and...

"Game of Thrones" author releases chapter from next book

Actors Mark Addy, Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau who star in the television series 'Game Of Thrones' pose during a photocall at the 51st Monte Carlo television festival in Monaco June 9, 2011.
03 Apr 2015
Yes, George RR Martin really is working on that next book. The "Game of Thrones" author released a chapter Thursday from his very long-awaited sixth volume of the "A Song of Ice and Fire" fantasy series, "The Winds...

Story of Jewish-Egyptian poet tangibly relays pleasure and pain

Joyce Mansour
24 Mar 2015
Celebrated Egyptian poet Joyce Mansour was a woman of the Nile and a French-speaking, Jewish poet that expressed her hidden mad desires.   Jean-Jacques Luthi, a French historian of the Surrealist movement in Egypt, described her poems...

In Harm's Way - terrorism as seen by its perpetrators

In Harm's Way
17 Mar 2015
In his book, “In Harm's Way: From the Stronghold of al-Qaida to the Heart of ISIL” Yosri Fouda says: “the most serious challenge a reporter could find himself facing is when he works in a dangerous political, security...

Goethe Institute sells books at low prices

Goethe Institute's event selling books at low prices
11 Mar 2015
The Goethe Institute in Cairo will hold an event for book lovers to sell German-speaking books at low prices.   The fair, which will last between 15-19 March, will take place at the the institute’s library.   The Goethe...