New Releases Poetsshort storiesArtsLiterary criticismCultural News

Dr. Seuss Pulls Six Books over Racist Imagery

They are beloved by generations of early readers for their wacky rhyming tales and mischievous plotlines, but six Dr. Seuss books are being pulled because of imagery now considered racist. Dr. Seuss Enterprises -- the publisher of the bestselling children's books -- announced Tuesday that it is t

Sharjah Public Library celebrates UAE reading month

The Sharjah Public Library (SPL), an affiliate of the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), has announced the launch of two initiatives in celebration of the UAE’s Reading Month observed annually throughout the month March. The two initiatives - ‘Everyone’s Library’ and ‘Rea

Book review: ‘Eat Better Forever’ provides some food for thought

As per the Global Burden of Disease study concluded in 2019, bad diets now kill more people worldwide than tobacco. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, known for his commitment to seasonal, ethically produced food, has put together a thought-provoking book that gleans from valuable information provided

'Encyclopedia of Arabic Narration'…New Book by Abdullah Ibrahim

In cooperation with the Arab Institute for Research & Publishing in Beirut, 2021, the Iraqi critic Dr. Abdullah Ibrahim recently released the "Encyclopedia of Arabic Narration," a new book comprising 424 pages. The publication is composed of five chapters. The first is entitled "A Book that G

Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny to Write Political Thriller

In Louise Penny’s upcoming thriller, a novice secretary of state faces the daunting task of rebuilding American leadership after years of diminishing influence abroad. She is immediately put to the test when a wave of terrorist attacks threatens to destabilize the world order. A topical pol

Cindy McCain Memoir about Late Husband Coming in April

Cindy McCain, widow of Sen. John McCain, will have a memoir out this spring Forum, a Penguin Random House imprint, announced Tuesday that McCain’s “Stronger: Courage, Hope, and Humor In My Life With John McCain” will be released April 27. Forum is calling the book an “inti

Book review: ‘Asylum Road’ is about borders both physical and metaphorical

We are introduced early on to Anya, the 31-year-old protagonist of Olivia Sudjic’s second novel, “Asylum Road.” Anya obsessively worries about her life, her scarred past, her family and, in particular, her relationship with her partner Luke, in The Independent’s

'Eloquence of the Place' by Syrian Poet Ali Safar

The Mosaic publishing house in Istanbul released a new book entitled "Eloquence of the Place" by Syrian journalist and poet Ali Safar. The book features a bouquet of poems and texts written in 1994 and published for the first time. The introduction of the book is written by Syrian novelist Ibrahi

Dar Al-Saqi Wins Abdelaziz Al Mansour Award for Children Stories

The Arab Publishers Association has announced that the Lebanese publishing house Dar Al-Saqi won the Abdelaziz Al Mansour Award for Children Stories 2020 in its second edition. The $10,000 award will be entirely given to the winning publishing house. In a press release by the Arab Publishers Asso

Tributes pour in for Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti

  “The homeland does not leave the body until the last moment, the moment of death,” Mourid Barghouti wrote in his award-winning autobiographical novel I Saw Ramallah, in which he details his return to his native Palestine after living in exile for 30 years. The quote i

'The Apollo Murders': What we know about retired astronaut Chris Hadfield's first novel

Retired astronaut Chris Hadfield will be releasing his first novel – a thriller – later this year. This seems like an unexpected authorial choice for the former commander of the International Space Station, who is renowned for his non-fiction works such as An Astronaut’s Gu

Why Elif Shafak believes literature must amplify 'dehumanised' voices

In her stirring pocket-sized 2020 manifesto How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division, Elif Shafak writes “there are many citizens around the world today who have a hard time recognising their countries, walking like strangers in their own homelands". The celebrated novelist was referring

A New Book Documents the Aspects of Technology in Ancient Egypt

The Egyptian General Book Authority is documenting the aspect of technology in ancient Egypt in a book authored by the late great Dr. Fakhrandah Hassan. “Ancient Egyptian Technology” discusses the different aspects that made ancient Egypt exceptional and allowed for the emergence and f

Book review: ‘A Crooked Tree’ follows five siblings as they come of age

Una Mannion’s insightful debut “A Crooked Tree” slowly starts building up to the point where 15-year-old narrator Libby Gallagher’s family reaches a point of no return. It starts when her father, an Irish immigrant, leaves his family to find work in New York and then dies.

'We Are All Birds of Uganda': Merky Books prizewinner tells story of intergenerational trauma felt by immigrants

It was 2019, and Hafsa Zayyan was enjoying all the trappings of a fledgling professional career; a first-class education at both Cambridge and Oxford, training in Singapore and finally a great job working as a dispute resolution lawyer in the City of London. But, she admits, there was a part of he

Sarah, Duchess of York, to Publish Debut Historical Romance

Sarah, the Duchess of York, has landed a book deal for her debut novel for adults, a historical romance fictionalizing the life and loves of her great-great-great aunt. In a promotional video posted Wednesday on her Twitter account, the former Sarah Ferguson said the novel, titled “Her Hear

New Book Sees a 'New Possible' Emerging from 2020's Tumult

In pop culture, 2020 has been understandably reviled as the “hell year.” It tormented us with a lethal pandemic spiraling out of control, thousands of shuttered businesses, violent protests over racial injustice, raging wildfires and political extremism and lies that underpinned Januar

British-Indian poet Bhanu Kapil wins TS Eliot Prize for 'radical' work

It might be the award most poets only dream of winning, but this year it's British-Indian writer Bhanu Kapil's turn to bag the top accolade in the TS Eliot Prize for poetry. Known as the most valuable award for British poetry, Kapil won for her collection of poems called How to Wash a Heart,