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Emirates Airline Festival of Literature to go ahead in 2021

It has been announced on Sunday that the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature will go ahead in 2021. The festival will feature a programme of both digital and live, physical events, and is scheduled to run from Feb 4 to 6, 2021. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the organizers of the UAE’s b


Border Crossings: A Rights Roundup for a Stay-at-Home Season

n our first Rights Roundup of July, we have an interesting mix of titles with strong rights sales records and some that are earlier in their market life. In fact, one of our entries this time is a book written in 1951, the late Gabriele Tergit’s The Effingers.In children’s content, we al


Monuments and statues are falling. But what comes next?

The dusty town of Tierra Amarilla perches in the shadows of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Here, five decades ago, this poor northern New Mexico community saw one of the most violent clashes in civil rights history when armed Mexican American ranchers raided a courthouse in a dispute over land gran


Arabic poetry: 10 writers, classic and modern, you need to read

By Mustafa Abu Sneineh Poetry has always been at the heart of Arabic culture, not least as the oldest means for its earliest speakers to record their beliefs and wisdom, oral narratives and philosophy. It began in the Arabian peninsula more than 1,500 years ago, predating Islam, but has now become


Tell-all book by Trump niece to be released next week

 A tell-all book by President Donald Trump’s niece that has been the subject of a legal battle will be released next week. Publisher Simon & Schuster cited “high interest and extraordinary interest” in the book by Mary Trump titled “Too Much and Never Enough: How My


Democracy books disappear from Hong Kong libraries

Books written by prominent Hong Kong democracy activists have started to disappear from the city’s libraries, online records show, days after Beijing imposed a draconian national security law on the finance hub.Among the authors whose titles are no longer available are Joshua Wong, one of the


Syrian artist's Silent Demonstration watches over German war crimes trial

Forty-nine faceless figures stand on the lawn outside a German courthouse, facing the windows of a courtroom behind which two suspected members of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s security services are standing trial for torture and sexual assault.  The figures, part of an art installa


Simon & Schuster’s Mary Trump Book Temporarily Blocked by Restraining Order

Even as John Bolton’s The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir continues to roil the American political scene, its publisher, Simon & Schuster, now has seen yet another move against it on the month’s upcoming release, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World


In 'Vesper Flights,' Helen Macdonald Gets Topical

Helen Macdonald, the nature writer and author of the 2015 memoir H Is for Hawk, is having an enviable Covid-19 lockdown. She Skypes from a sunlit room in her home in the village of Suffolk, in the U.K., which she describes as “ridiculously out of a picture book.” Outside are rolling hill


Tunisia rediscovers traditional art of calligraphy

Tunisia’s president has become a surprise champion of Arabic calligraphy in his country, shining a light on the artistic tradition as Arab states lobby for its recognition by UNESCO. President Kais Saied sparked both admiration and mockery on social media when images emerged of hand-written p


Independent Publishing in a Post-Covid World

The Covid-19 pandemic has already had a big impact on independent publishing. Some changes—working at home, employee furloughs, curbside shopping—were thrust upon the industry suddenly. And though they weren’t part of a concerted effort to change old and inefficient business practi


Oscars to draw up diversity rules for nominees

 Hollywood’s motion picture academy will introduce new eligibility rules to boost diversity among Oscars nominees under a raft of new measures announced Friday. The move comes after years of criticism over a lack of diversity among the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ m


The complex relationship between Arabic calligraphy and technology

Arabic calligraphy is an intrinsic part of Islamic civilization. The art form is an integral part of almost all aspects of Arab cultural expression.Despite its significance in Islamic art and culture, however, its popularity seems to be in decline among the masses. A number of reasons could be sugge


Don't like Dickens? No one can dispute how entertaining he is

It may seem like a banal observation to say that Our Mutual Friend is a lot of fun. Perhaps in the normal course of things, but in these times it feels like a kind of miracle. Reading Dickens over the past week has been positively medicinal. Take this description of a cherubic man called Wilfer: &ld


UK artists take pulp fiction series to the Arab world

In 2014 it was revealed to the art world that the mysterious pseudonym ‘The Connor Brothers’ was, in fact, artists James Golding and Mike Snelle. Since then their name and unmistakable style—pithy slogans on pop culture backdrops—have become recognisable around the world. Th


Archaeologists reveal well-preserved Roman mosaic in Italy’s Verona

Archaeologists have briefly revealed a well-preserved mosaic floor of an ancient Roman villa first discovered almost a century ago near the northern Italian city of Verona. The mosaic in bright shades of red, pink, orange, purple and yellow appeared to be ‘’in a good state of conservati


American writer Joyce Carol Oates wins France’s richest book prize

US writer Joyce Carol Oates, so often a bridesmaid for the Nobel literature prize, won France’s richest books prize Monday. The Cino del Duca World Prize, which is worth 200,000 euros ($218,000), is often seen as a stepping stone to the Nobel, with Andrei Sakharov, Mario Vargas Llosa and the


Emirati photographer finds that lockdowns have a silver lining

The COVID-19 lockdowns may have cancelled festivals and closed down museums around the world, but some artists have continued to thrive. Emirati photographer Jalal Bin Thaneya told Arab News that in his field the pandemic has only slowed down artistic photography. “Some documentary and news p





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