Here Is a List of Classical Movies That You Didn’t Know Were Novels

Here Is a List of Classical Movies That You Didn’t Know Were Novels

By: Abd El-Rahman Omar

Let us all agree that there is a genuine and natural difference between the literary text and the cinematic text. Indeed, the viewer who is searching for the complex details of the novel within the film, may or may not find them.     Given that the relationship between literature and cinema is eternal, it […]

How Naguib Mahfouz’s Literature Was Literally His Home

How Naguib Mahfouz’s Literature Was Literally His Home

  Naguib Mahfouz’s love for El-Gamaleya failed to hide in his novels, every corner in the medieval quarter enjoyed a special place in the laureate’s heart; it was the neighborhood in which the Egyptian writer spent his childhood and youth. El-Gamaleya quarter assembles El-Moskee, along with Khan El-Khalili and Bayt El-Qady where Mahfouz’s family lived.     “I am the […]

7 Horrifying and Timeless Novels to Read This Week

7 Horrifying and Timeless Novels to Read This Week

The week of horror, trick or treats and ugly costumes has arrived, but not all of us are made for partying. If you’d rather be a couch potato than find an outfit, wear makeup and dance all night, we still have you covered. Here are seven timeless, horrifying novels that will take you from your […]

Harper Lee Is Publishing A ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Sequel!

Harper Lee Is Publishing A ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Sequel!

You read that right, Harper Lee is publishing a sequel, or technically a prequel, to her Pulitzer Prize-winning, all-around loved novel and one of the Holy Grails of American literature that you probably studied in seventh grade. Are you feeling nostalgic yet? Go Set A Watchman, Lee’s novel that she wrote before To Kill A […]

Censored: Banned Books in the Middle East

Censored: Banned Books in the Middle East

After hearing that Haifa Wahbe‘s songs have been banned from Egyptian state radio, we got to thinking about what else has had the honour of being categorized as banned in the Middle East. The power of the written word has always had authorities on their toes and battles with authors and publishers continues in the […]

Goodreads: A Holy Resource for Every Reader and Author

Goodreads: A Holy Resource for Every Reader and Author

Believe it or not, there is a place in this world where all bibliophiles actually fit, a place equally serviceable to both readers and writers and it is called Goodreads.com. The website was launched in 2007, currently has over 30 million members, 900 million books, 34 million reviews and it is owned by Amazon. The […]

Khalil Gibran Quotes We Love

Khalil Gibran Quotes We Love

Khalil Gibran is a man whose wisdom we never get tired of reading. The renowned Lebanese poet and author is well known for his seminal work The Prophet and addressing mystic themes in his writings. Here are some of our most loved lines from the writer.     “Life without liberty is like a body […]

Book Review: Hisham El Kheshen’s ‘Graphite’

Book Review: Hisham El Kheshen’s ‘Graphite’

Guest post by Alexandra Kinias

On the pages of Graphite, Hisham El Kheshen’s historical fiction, I was transported back in time and space to the early decades of the 20th century (1928 to be precise), when momentous changes were happening in Egypt and around the world. The novel is set between Egypt and France, then the epicenter of arts, music […]

#ReadingWomen2014 Recommendations

#ReadingWomen2014 Recommendations

In this day and age, there is so much literature out there and the accessibility that technology provides for books has made our choices even wider and more diverse. To join the thousands of lists out there, to celebrate women writers and to embrace the wonderful #ReadingWomen2014 Twitter wave, I have put together a list […]

Book Review: ‘May We Be Forgiven’

Book Review: ‘May We Be Forgiven’

In celebration of International Women’s Day, it seemed appropriate to review May We Be Forgiven by AM Homes, which won The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2013. The long list for this year’s prize is due out this month and the winner is announced in June. The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction was founded […]