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Cairo International Book Fair to launch on 25 January

The 54th edition of Cairo International Book Fair will launch on 25 January and run until 6 February, the Egyptian Ministry of Culture announced in a statement.

Why doesn’t the crocodile fly? : Meet the winners of Sawiris' 18th Cultural Award

Last night marked the ceremony of the 18th Sawiris Cultural Award.

Google Doodles celebrates Egypt’s novelist Ihsan Abdel-Koddous

Google Doodles celebrated on Wednesday Egypt’s late renowned journalist and novelist Ihsan Abdel-Koddous for the first time on the Arab world's Google search engine.

Award-winning Egyptian writer, translator Mohamed Enani passes away at 84

Award-winning writer, translator and critic Mohamed El-Enani passed away on Tuesday at the age of 84, leaving behind more than a hundred books in Arabic and English, translations and creative works.

Veteran Egyptian author Bahaa Taher dies at 87

Famous Egyptian author and translator Bahaa Taher passed away on Thursday after a long struggle with illness.

French author Annie Ernaux awarded Nobel prize in literature 2022

French author Annie Ernaux awarded Nobel prize in literature 2022 “for the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements and collective restraints of personal memory”.

George Floyd biography among National Book Award nominees

A biography of the late George Floyd and poetry by Pulitzer Prize winner Sharon Olds were among the works included Thursday on long lists for the National Book Awards.

Book ban efforts surging in 2022, library association says

The wave of attempted book banning and restrictions continues to intensify, the American Library Association reported Friday. Numbers for 2022 already approach last year's totals, which were the highest in decades.

Never-before-seen Naguib Mahfouz handwritten memoirs to be published in daughter's book

New never-before-seen handwritten memoirs by the only Arab Nobel laureate writer, Naguib Mahfouz (1911-2006), will be published in a new book, according to a statement by the late novelist’s daughter.

Attack on Salman Rushdie sparks surge in interest in author's works

The stunning knife attack on author Salman Rushdie has fanned interest in his works -- above all, "The Satanic Verses," which left him living for years under a looming death threat.

"The Snowman" children's author Raymond Briggs dies at 88

British children's author and illustrator Raymond Briggs, whose creations include "The Snowman'' and "Fungus the Bogeyman,'' has died. He was 88.

Author Salman Rushdie attacked on stage in New York state

British author Salman Rushdie, whose writings made him the target of Iranian death threats that forced him into hiding, was attacked on stage Friday in western New York state.

Stephen King testifies for government in books merger trial

Stephen King didn't break any legal ground on the stand Tuesday as he testified against his own publisher's efforts to merge with Penguin Random House. But he did know how to please a crowd and even get the judge to thank him for his time.

Bid to block book merger sets competition fight in US

At a time of mega-mergers and flashy high-tech corporate hookups, the biggest U.S. book publisher's plan to buy the fourth-largest for a mere $2.2 billion may seem somewhat quaint.

Sheikh Zayed Book Award opens submissions from June to 1 October

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA) announced that it has opened submissions for its 17th edition starting this June and that they will remain open till 1 October.

Chelsea Manning memoir to be published in October

A memoir by Chelsea Manning will come out this fall. The book is titled "README.txt,'' and it's scheduled for release on Oct. 18.

Nobel winner Abdulrazak Gurnah: 'It's good to make right-wingers cry'

Abdulrazak Gurnah, the British-Tanzanian Nobel-winning writer, has spent a lifetime confronting colonialism and racial politics -- and welcomes a new generation keeping these issues alive.

International Booker winner 'Tomb of Sand' to be published in US in 2023

This year's winner of the International Booker Prize, Geetanjali Shree's novel ``Tomb of Sand,'' will be released in the U.S. this winter by an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

'Unburnable' copy of Handmaid's Tale auctioned for $130,000

A specially commissioned, unburnable edition of Margaret Atwood's ``The Handmaid's Tale`` has been auctioned for $130,000, Sotheby's announced Tuesday.

Indian novel 'Tomb of Sand' wins International Booker Prize

Indian writer Geetanjali Shree and American translator Daisy Rockwell won the International Booker Prize on Thursday for ``Tomb of Sand,'' a vibrant novel with a boundary-crossing 80-year-old heroine.

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