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Arab-Australian writers auction signed books for Beirut

An online auction has been established by Arab-Australian authors, academics and artists to raise funds for Impact Lebanon, a charity providing disaster relief for the victims of the Beirut explosion.

Fourteen writers of Arab backgrounds have donated signed copies of their books of fiction, nonfiction and poetry to the collection up for auction. The winning bidder will receive all 14 books as well as a professionally framed limited-edition lino cut print by visual artist Amani Haydar.

The donated books include:

  • Does My Head Look Big in This? (Randa Abdel-Fattah, Pan)
  • The Lebs (Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Hachette)
  • Beyond the Veiled Cliches (Amal Awad, Vintage)
  • The F Team (Rawah Arja, Giramondo)
  • Hate is Such a Strong Word (Sarah Ayoub, HarperCollins)
  • The Literature of the Lebanese Diaspora (Jumana Bayeh, Bloomsbury)
  • White Nation (Ghassan Hage, Routledge)
  • Populate and Perish (George Haddad, Seizure)
  • White Tears Brown Scars (Ruby Hamad, MUP)
  • The House of Youssef (Yumna Kassab, Giramondo)
  • The Palace of Angels (Mohammed Massoud Morsi, Wild Dingo Press)
  • The Lost Arabs (Omar Sakr, UQP)
  • Arab, Australian, Other (ed by Sara Saleh & Randa Abdel-Fattah, Picador)
  • Mezze to Milk Tart (Cecile Yazbek, Wakefield).

Sweatshop Literacy Movement Inc. will donate the highest bid for the collection, and will provide a receipt for the donation from Impact Lebanon along with free postage and handling to the winning bidder.

The auction closes Thursday, 20 August. To bid for the collection, click here.


Category: Local news