Last night, award-winning author Walid Taher (shortlisted for the 1 million AED award for Arabic children’s literature) and celebrated origamist Ossama Helmy (the best in Egypt!)
I didn’t ask them anything—yes, I promise to interview Taher eventually—but I did gather that Taher is quite fond of النقطة السوداء, underlining the view that if an author enjoys *writing* a book, then you’ll be more likely to enjoy *reading* it.
We didn’t get to experience Taher himself reading, but Inas Sami read from Taher’s newest work, أحلام الحيوانات, in which a crocodile dreams of an electric tooth-brusher, a crow dreams of singing beautifully, and a monkey dreams of having a mobile phone, a watch, and shiny new shoes. Sami involved the children, and several of the younger ones (including a hilarious boy named Hamza) were very excited to talk about dreams, animals, and other things.
The book was charming and funny, although not as masterful as النقطة السوداء, which is hard to beat for its tremendous detail and sense of triumph.
A few photos from the event: