From Coffeehouse to Internet: Arabic Literature in Transition
Date: October 21 - November 21, 2022, 19:00 - 20:00
From Coffeehouse to Internet: Arabic Literature in Transition“ event was held at buchmesse, during the Frankfurt Book Fair, in collaboration with Litprom, hosting Maisoon Saqer, recipient of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award 2022 Literature Award.
In 2022, for the first time, one of the Arab world’s most valuable literary prizes has gone to a female author from the United Arab Emirates: The poet Maisoon Saqr has been awarded Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Book Award (worth approximately 200,000 US dollars) in the literature category for her work “Café Riche: An Eye on Egypt” about Cairo’s coffeehouse culture, as exemplified by the famous Café Riche, where Cairo’s literati have been coming and going for over a century.
Maisoon Saqr introdued her book on 21st October and discussed, with translator Samir Grees and Islamic scholar Sonja Hegasy, the challenges and changes facing Arabic literature today: the cultural shift away from the former centres of Cairo, Damascus and Beirut and to the Gulf, the tension between literature and politics and the role of social media versus the old coffeehouse culture.