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Beirut festival celebrates under-39 writers


The Beirut 39 Festival was launched Wednesday under the patronage of Culture Minister Salim Warde and it will celebrate the work of 39 of the best Arab writers under the age of 39. The festival was organized by the British institution Hay Festival as part of the Beirut Unesco World Book Capital 2009, and it will include the participation of authors from 14 Arab countries, all under the age of 39. The 39 writers will be invited to Beirut for four days from April 15 to April 18 and approximately 50 events will be organized all over the city. The outcome of the festival will be the publication of short stories in Arabic and in English by the Bloomsbury Publishing and Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing. The authors will read their works and discuss them with prominent intellectuals and journalists. The main topics to be covered are influential authors, the state of Arab literature in our modern era, literature and cinema, literature and the body, neo-Egyptian literature and young Arab poets. The festival will also include discussions and book signings, and its closing ceremony will be held on April 18 followed by a music festival at Place de L’Etoile in Downtown Beirut.
تاريخ : 09/04/2010
الجريدة: The Daily Star
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