Monthly Archives: November 2010

Doha Dispatch: The International Language of Art

But today showed me that with an audience of perhaps-reluctant readers, one way to get them to enjoy a story—and to feel that they, too, are author/creators—is to get them to enjoy and experience the process of illustration. Continue reading

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First-Ever Doha International Children’s Book Festival Starts Tomorrow – مهرجان الدوحة الدولي لكتب الأطفال:30 نوفمبر-2 ديسمبر

Award-winning Egyptian children’s book author/illustrator Waleed Taher should already be in Doha, presenting to schoolteachers at the first-ever Doha International Children’s Book Festival. Continue reading

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Kalimat Wants You to Celebrate UAE National Day With a Book

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‘فرحانة’ Book Event in Pictures (And Why We Need More of These)

What I liked about this event was how Rania encouraged them all to become storytellers, illustrators, and authors. Not only did they listen, but they created. Continue reading

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UAE MP on How and Why We Need ‘To Make Arabic Cool’

Reality is we have failed the Arabic language, thru decades of rote education, and lack of innovation in science, arts and industries. Continue reading

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Friday Links: Celebrating UAE National Day and Whose Kids Are Reading Now?

Over at ArabLit, I write about a new survey on Arab reading habits. Survey authors say that the adage “Egypt writes, Lebanon publishes, and Iraq reads” is no longer valid. Of course, we know—and it’s always painful to think about … Continue reading

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Rania Amin on Arabic Children’s Books That Tackle Environmental Issues

I shan’t repeat here what I wrote over there, but instead want to share the full version of an email Q&A I did with Farhana author Rania Hussein Amin (who will be appearing at Cairo’s Al-Balsam Books Saturday) about her forays into environmentally themed literature for children. Continue reading

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