Reading at the Dubai Literature Festival!

This March, I was really happy to be invited to read my new book Mila the Beautiful Cat/ ميلا القطة الجميلة at the Emirates International Literature Festival, also known as the Dubai Literature Festival! It was an incredibly well attended and well organized event, with international authors form across the Middle East and beyond. Also,Continue reading “Reading at the Dubai Literature Festival!”

Picking books at the Cairo International Book Fair 2019

This year, the location of the Cairo International Book Fair was changed from Nasr City to New Cairo. To put it simply, it is a HUGE improvement. I was very impressed with how organized and timely everything was, and how large the collection was. I spent two hours wandering around the fair buying books, butContinue reading “Picking books at the Cairo International Book Fair 2019”

AUC/University of Glasgow Storytelling Workshop

Yesterday, I visited the American University in Cairo to attend a Storytelling Workshop organized by the University of Glasgow presented by Julie Adams. It was really interesting to hear about different book projects happening in Mexico, Egypt, and Lebanon. Thank you Julie, Dina, Aly, and all others present! Looking forward to working with them moreContinue reading “AUC/University of Glasgow Storytelling Workshop”

Discussing children’s books on Dubai Eye

Yesterday, I had the great opportunity to discuss children’s books on the Dubai Eye Radio Channel in the UAE. Annabelle and Evelyn, the co-hosts, and I talked about what makes a good children’s book, whether parents would agree, what are picture books, and what were my personal favorites growing up? One book that I loveContinue reading “Discussing children’s books on Dubai Eye”

Launching Arabic Book A Month!

What should I buy? Ever since my friends and family became aware of my consistent passion for quality children’s books, I have always been asked the same questions: “What books should I buy for my child/cousin/niece/nephew? Where do I find them? Are they good? I feel like Arabic children’s books are weaker than English ones.Continue reading “Launching Arabic Book A Month!”

Attending the IBBY 2018 Congress in Athens!

This year, I was so excited to attend the IBBY 2018 Congress in Athens, Greece. It is really a pleasure to be able to sit in a room surrounded with children’s book authors, illustrators, publishers, librarians, and lovers of all kinds. The amount of research done and shared in the short weekend conference is justContinue reading “Attending the IBBY 2018 Congress in Athens!”

Celebrating 100 Cambridge scholars!

Yesterday, I was very happy to be able to attend a British Petroleum BP event marking their support of education in Egypt. Until today, BP has helped fund 100 Egyptian scholars attend Cambridge university! As one of these scholars, I can not say how lucky I still feel. The Minister of Higher Education and theContinue reading “Celebrating 100 Cambridge scholars!”