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Jordan and China Launch Creativity and Translation Award to Celebrate young Arab Writers

Qassim Saudi   Jordan’s Dar Fadaat for Publishing and Distribution launched the first edition of an award for creativity and translation, in collaboration with the Chinese website, Those Books, on the sidelines of its participation at Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF 2018). The award was launched in the presence of Emirati poet Habib Al Sayegh, Secretary General of the Arab Writers Union, Dr. Shih Yang, Operations Manager, Those Books, and poet Jihad Abu Hashish, Director of Dar Fadaat. Entry for the awards is open from May 10 to June 25, and the winners will be honoured in Jeddah...

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Storytel Arabia Sets up Base in the UAE with Expansions Plans in the Region

The Swedish platform for audiobooks, Storytel, has launched in the UAE. The company has more than 500,000 subscribers across 10 countries and the UAE will be the 11th country that will be using its streaming services to unlimited audiobooks of all kinds through an App installed on their mobile phone. Storytel is the first audiobook subscription service launching with a focus on both Arabic and English languages in the UAE, and will be available to users in all Arabic speaking regions. Since its establishment in 2005 by Jonas Tellander and Jon Hauksson, Storytel has established itself as one the...

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Building ‘The New Africa’ – The First Seminar on Sustainable Publishing in Africa

Roger Tagholm   The ongoing threat of piracy, the need to build capacity among African publishers, the lack of national book policies from respective governments, ongoing distribution and infrastructure problems, and a shortage of books reaching children were among issues discussed at the first International Publishers Association (IPA) Seminar on ‘Publishing for Sustainable Development – The Role of Publishers in Africa’, organised by the IPA and the Nigerian Publishers Association (NPA), held in Lagos, Nigeria on 9 May. The Seminar, which ended with a blaze of African dancing and singing, was attended by some 200 delegates from more than...

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The Lessons of Power by François Hollande Hits the Stands

French publisher, Stock, a subsidiary of Hachette Livre, has recently released The Lessons of Power by former French President François Hollande. The book is a narrative about his political experience as a president, the challenges and problems he had to overcome on personal and political levels during his tenure, and offers insights into some crucial mistakes he made during his presidential mandate. In his book, Hollande deals with many domestic and international issues, notably labour law reforms, partnerships with European countries, and his relations with presidents and leaders of the world, especially Russian President, Vladimir Putin, former US President, Barack Obama, and German...

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Favela Stories Excite Publishers

Roger Tagholm   Rio’s largest favela, Rocinha, is brought vividly to life in a collection of 13 short stories called The Sun on My Head by 26-year-old Brazilian writer, Geovani Martins.  The stories concern the childhoods and adolescents of young boys growing up on the difficult streets and alleyways of the so-called ‘Broken City’ – how they deal with everyday violence as well as the familiar issues of identity that occupy all young adults. First published by Brazilian publisher Companhia das Latras, rights have now been sold to Farrar, Straus & Giroux in the US, Faber in the UK,...

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