By David Varno
Tomorrow, February 23rd, marks the beginning of a massive three-week festival of Arabic arts and culture at the Kennedy Center in D.C., titled Arabesque: Arts of the Arab World. This will, by far, be the largest Arabic festival ever held on U.S. shores. Aside from music, dance and film, and in the midst of art installations, Arabic cuisine, and a souk, a series of literary events will begin on March 5th. Many of the authors and translators participating in the panels have contributed Arabic and French-language work to Words Without Borders. Below is a list of these authors and translators and the events they're featured in, with links to their work.
Visit the Kennedy Center's website for complete schedule and festival information.
íMigration, Exile and the Search for Identity,ë will feature Duna Ghali, on March 5, 2009, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Khaled Mattawa moderates íLiterature and the Real Arab World,ë on March 7, 2009, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This panel includes fellow Words Without Borders authors Adiana Shibli and Radwa Ashur.
Adania Shibli was included in our anthology, The World Through the Eyes of Writers. Read her short story, íSilence,ë translated from the Arabic by Randa Jarrar.
Later that Saturday, Anouar Benmalek and Abdourahman A. Waberi will appear on the panel íIn Other Words: Expatriate Arab Literature,ë at 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Mattawa will also moderate íContaining Multitudes: A Conversation with Arab American Writersë on Sunday March 8, 2009, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Earlier that day, Fadhil Al-Azzawi and Gamal Al-Ghitani will participate in íArab Literature and the World of the Spirit and the Imagination,ë from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Finally, at the end of the day, Fady Joudah will moderate íPoetry, the Diwan of the Arabs in its Fourth Millennium: A Tribute to Mahmoud Darwish,ë from 4:00-5:30 p.m.
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