Talking of Books
Every week co-hosts Isobel Abulhoul and Annabelle Corton are joined by an ever-changing cast of guest reviewers drawn from the UAE’s reading community. Each show features literary anecdotes and news, a star ‘Castaway’ guest recommending the three books they’d take to a desert island, in-depth book reviews, and author interviews with some of today’s greatest writers.
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COMING UP ON TALKING OF BOOKS THIS WEEK…
Coming up on Talking of Books this Saturday – the young adult fiction book that everyone can’t stop talking about, some more desert island reads, producing audiobooks in Arabic, and a look at some updated and reimagined fairy tales.
Story Corner – Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.
Mishka Khan is a total bookworm who blogs over at The Paperback Blog about everything in her extensive library and she’ll be joining us this weekend to share her thoughts on Tomi Adeyemi’s West-African inspired young adult fantasy novel Children of Blood and Bone.
Castaway Guest: Riz Khan
There are books we read and forget, and there are books we turn to again and again in times of need, for comfort or inspiration.
Our castaway this weekend is none other than international journalist, author, and public speaker Riz Khan. He is known worldwide for his flagship TV shows on CNN International and Al Jazeera English – of which he was a Founding Director. Not only did Riz launch the first, global, live interactive talk show, Q&A with Riz Khan but through the span of his career, he has conducted more than 10,000 interviews, but has never, to our knowledge been stranded on a desert island with only three books to read. Tune in at 10:30am to hear Riz’s choices.
Arab World: Audiobooks in Arabic
Selected this year by the UAE Prime Minister’s Office as an Arab Youth Pioneer, Tarek El Bolbol, is an entrepreneur who has turned his passion for the written and spoken word into ‘Booklava’, a platform that seeks to provide top-quality and bestselling audio content in Arabic.
We talk to him this weekend about the importance of audiobooks, their popularity in the region and the challenges of the project he has undertaken.
The Bookshelf: Fairytales 2.0
This week on the bookshelf we’re looking at folk and fairy tales as old as time, reimagined, updated, and given a modern twist. We’ll be reviewing two works of recent fiction: The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast from the Beast’s point of view, and The Merry Spinster – Tales of Everyday Horror by Daniel Mallory Ortberg, a collection of dark stories based on classic fairy tales.