Lebanese Hoda Barakat Wins 2019 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF)

The Night Mail by Hoda Barakat was announced as the winner of the 12th International Prize for Arabic Fiction at a ceremony held at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr in Abu Dhabi few days ago. The IPAF is funded by Abu Dhabi’s culture ministry and is considered as the most prestigious and important literary prize in the Arab world. Its aim is to reward excellence in contemporary Arabic creative writing and to encourage the readership…

10,000 Digitized Arabic e-books

The Arabic Collections Online project has just made available 10,000 Arabic ebooks across 6,000 subjects for free. It was established with support from NYU Abu Dhabi, and by major grants from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, and Carnegie Corporation of New York. I searched for Lebanon in the list and one of the first books I stumbled upon was by Maurice Gemayel. Funnily enough, the 1954 speech he was giving,…
Baladi

The National Library Finally Reopen After 39 Years!

7 months ago
The National Library has been finally inaugurated yesterday after years of restoration works. Old manuscripts and books have been brought back and the library is ready to open to the public! The National Library was ...
Art

Lebanon’s National Library is Open Till November 20

2 years ago
The rehabilitation project of the National Library is supposedly complete but it won’t be opening (officially) anytime soon because the cabinet has yet to appoint an executive board and director. Nevertheless, there’s an ongoing exhibition ...
Baladi

Maximum Max: A Comic Book Inspired by Maxime Chaya’s Adventures

2 years ago
Lebanese explorer and mountaineer Maxime Chaya released few days ago a comic inspired by his own adventures in cooperation with Hachette Antoine publishing house. “Maximum Max” is a series of 7 comic albums that will ...
Baladi

Maya Zankoul’s New Book Explores Similarities Between Beirut & New York

2 years ago
Lebanese blogger and visual artist Maya Zankoul launched her latest book yesterday entitled “Beirut-New York” where she explores unlikely similarities between these two highly incompatible cities. The illustrations are funny, witty and spot-on, just like ...
Beirut

Living The Single Life In Beirut

4 years ago
[YouTube] I am happily married because I chose to, but I’ve never understood the pressure that families and society in general here in Lebanon put on single women and men who don’t wish to get ...
Beirut

Where To Find Used Books In Beirut?

5 years ago
Al Sa2eh Library in Tripoli If you are looking for places in Beirut that sell used books, here’s the list that AgendaCulturel came up with: 1- Bargain Box (Next to Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon ...
Books

In Pictures: Car-Free Day In Monot-Huvelin

5 years ago
You can check out more pictures and videos on my instagram [LeNajib], and on Achrafieh2020 Facebook Page [Here]. ...
Books

Launch of Joumana Haddad’s “Superman is an Arab” in Arabic

5 years ago
It’s happening today at Biel in Beirut between 7pm and 9pm. For those of you who don’t know who Joumana Haddad is, you can check out my previous post [Here]. Joumana is a quite an ...
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