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Emirates Literature Foundation’s Book Club: A Gathering of Literary Enthusiasts

The monthly fiction book club of the Emirates Literature Foundation met recently at Magrudy's Mall in Jumeirah.

The Emirates Literature Foundation’s monthly fiction book club recently convened at Magrudy’s Mall in Jumeirah. The members gathered to discuss ‘The Book of Everlasting Things,’ a novel by Aanchal Malhotra.

Diverse and Engaged Participants:

The gathering attracted a diverse audience, including aspiring writers, individuals looking to take a break from screens, and those drawn by enthusiastic recommendations. 

Yasmeen Firas, the foundation’s production and liaison officer, skillfully facilitated a candid and engaging discussion among a cozy group of ten participants.

Malhotra’s novel, set against the backdrop of the 1947 independence and partition of the Indian subcontinent into India and Pakistan, served as a platform for insightful and culturally informed conversations. 

The book club brought together people from various backgrounds, reflecting Dubai’s rich multicultural tapestry.

A Year-Round Literary Platform:

The Foundation Book Club is just one of several initiatives by the Emirates Literature Foundation. 

It caters to fiction enthusiasts, while the foundation offers additional book club options such as ‘A Matter of Fact’ for non-fiction, book clubs tailored for children and young adults, and ‘Connecting Minds Book Club,’ which delves into sustainability and climate action narratives.

Over time, these book clubs have evolved alongside the Emirates Literature Festival, transforming into year-round platforms for book lovers to convene and exchange ideas. 

Attendees typically range from five to 20, creating a dynamic and enriching experience for those who hold literature dear.

Expanding Cultural Influence:

The Emirates Literature Foundation extends its cultural reach through diverse initiatives, including the School Librarian of the Year Award, educational programs, creative writing courses, and the Emirates Festival of Literature. 

This annual gathering unites literature enthusiasts and renowned authors from across the globe, fostering a sense of community among readers in the UAE and beyond.

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