On the Challenges (and Joys) of Running a Chicago-based Arabic Book Club

Very interesting

Arabic Literature (in English)

Chicago-based translator and interpreter Timothy Friese (timothyfriese.com) answered questions about the Chicago Arabic Book Club that he helps run:

clubWhere do you meet? How did you find members? Is it open to others who’d like to join?

Timothy Friese: We meet in the coffee shop New Wave in Chicago, which has food and drink and is open late enough and has enough space in the evenings for our meetings. We’ve tried a restaurant before and I find a coffee shop to be more comfortable.

What books have you read?

TF: We’ve read مذكرات امرأة غير واقعية/ Memoirs of an Unrealistic Woman by Sahar Khalifeh, أبواب المدينة / City Gates by Elias Khoury, الوقئع الغريبة في اختفاء سعيد أبي النحس المتشائل / The Secret Life of Saeed: The Pessoptimist by Emil Habibi, and our next reading is كلنا بعيد بذات المقدار عن الحب / We Are All Equally Far From…

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