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Amman International Book Fair is set to return to Jordan in September

The Amman International Book Fair will return in September. The annual event, which had its 2020 programme cancelled because of the pandemic, will run from Wednesday, September 22 to Saturday, October 2 within the halls of Amman International Motor Show. The news was announced by Jaber Abu


'The Courage to be Disliked' by Ichiro Kashmiri….Translated into Arabic

The Arab Culture Center has recently released an Arabic translation of "The Courage to be Disliked," a book by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga. The book, translated by Mustapha Al Waruajily, revolves around human development, and how a person should act in his life, regardless of what people thi


Book review: ‘The Blind Assassin’ by Margaret Atwood

Since her debut onto the literary scene in 1961, Margaret Atwood has become one of the most internationally popular and lauded authors.   Following a series of poetry collections throughout the Sixties, the Canadian author published her first novel, The Edible Woman, in 1969 – an earl


'Mercury Rising,' by Jeff Shesol

"He's back," exulted the Miami News when John Glenn emerged from Friendship 7 after orbiting the Earth three times. America, the Miami Herald implied, was back, as well. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung agreed: The free world need "no longer stare as if hypnotized at Soviet space successes with


Who is Alifa Rifaat? Google Doodle pays tribute to Egyptian author

Egyptian author Alifa Rifaat has been honoured as today's Google Doodle, on what would have been her 91st birthday on June 5. The writer was born Fatimah Rifaat, but known by her pen name Alifa Rifaat, in Cairo, Egypt, in 1930. She died in Cairo on January 1, 1996, aged 65. She left behind three


Cairo International Book Fair announces new June dates

The 52nd Cairo International Book Fair is set to open on Wednesday, June 30 until Thursday, July 15, running for 15 days at the Egypt International Exhibition Centre. The popular annual event, attended by thousands each year, will be running under stricter health and safe


'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' author Eric Carle dies at 91

Eric Carle, the beloved children’s author and illustrator whose classic "The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and other works gave millions of kids some of their earliest and most cherished literary memories, has died at age 91.   Carle's family says he died Sunday at his summer studio


International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2021: Jordanian writer Jalal Barjas named winner

Jordanian writer Jalal Barjas has won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction for his work Notebooks of the Bookseller. The novel, published by The Arabic Institute for Research and Publishing, was named this year’s winner of the prize during an online ceremony on Tuesday. Besides


Renowned US authors Tayari Jones, Brent Weeks join Abu Dhabi Book Fair lineup

Renowned US fantasy author Brent Weeks, US author Tayari Jones, Emirati writer Eman Alyousuf and Kuwaiti writer Taleb Alrefai are all set to participate at the upcoming Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.   Organised by the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre at the Department of Culture and To


Piers Morgan attacks Meghan Markle’s new children’s book as ‘ludicrously inappropriate’

Piers Morgan has taken aim once more at Meghan Markle, this time decrying the Duchess of Sussex for writing children’s book “The Bench,” which was inspired by her husband Prince Harry’s relationship with their son Archie. Set to be published in June, the book began as a po


Britain's Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle to publish children's book in June

Meghan, Britain's Duchess of Sussex, is to publish a children's book in June titled "The Bench" about the relationship between a father and son, publisher Random House said on Tuesday. The book is the latest venture by Meghan and her husband Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth's grandson, since they st


George W. Bush Releases New Book Featuring Paintings of Immigrants

Former President George W. Bush has stepped into the US debate on immigration, saying migrants are "a force for good" and arguing for a gradual process to allow undocumented immigrants to earn legal status. Bush, a past governor of Texas -a border state heavily impacted by migration- made his poi


5 simple habits that can give you better long-term health

Huda Kathem waits anxiously for feedback on her first novel, scrutinised by a book club in Arbil Iraq, where young authors are breathing new life into a centuries-old oral culture. "This is the first time my book is being critiqued," the 17-year-old first-year medical student said. "I learnt a l


Publisher pauses release of new Philip Roth biography

The publisher of a new, bestselling biography about Philip Roth has temporarily halted the book's shipping and promotion as its author, Blake Bailey, faces multiple allegations of sexual harassment and abuse.   "These allegations are serious. In light of them, we have decided to pause the s


Sheikh Zayed Book Award 2021: Egyptian novelist Iman Mersal and Tunisian writer Mizouni Bannani among winners

Seven authors and researchers from Egypt, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and the US, as well as a publishing house from Lebanon, have been declared the winners of this year's Sheikh Zayed Book Award. The winners will be formally awarded in a virtual ceremony ahead of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair


Anthony Bourdain's new book is a guidebook to the places he loved best

Anthony Bourdain’s television programmes, including A Cook’s Tour (2002-2003), No Reservations (2005-2012) and Parts Unknown (2013-2018), make great last-minute travel guides. His shows, for instance, have helped me to find underground cafes in Chile and d


Former US vice president Mike Pence to pen memoir in 'seven-figure' book deal

Mike Pence has signed a deal to write an autobiography addressing his time as US vice president in the Trump administration, publisher Simon & Schuster said on Wednesday, in a two-book contract reportedly worth at least $3 million. Pence, 61, is a conservative Republican widely beli


Dave Grohl Memoir ‘The Storyteller’ Coming out October 5

Some unexpected free time in 2020 led Grammy winner Dave Grohl to put some thoughts and memories into words. Grohl’s memoir “The Storyteller” will come out Oct. 5, Dey Street Books announced Tuesday. The 52-year-old Grohl will reflect on everything from his childhood to his yea




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