Publish Date : Sunday 3 February 2013 - 10:07
Today's literary headlines in the media.
Americans Welcome Sacred Defense Books
Tehran Times: The universities of the United States have warmly welcomed Sacred Defense books, an official of Tehran Art Bureau announced.
The 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war is known as Sacred Defense in Iran.
The head of the translation office of the Art Bureau Fahimeh Mohammad Semsar said, “Some of the books which have been translated into English by the center include ‘Chess with the Doomsday Machine’, ‘Fortune Told in Blood’, ‘Sabalan Stories’, ‘Ismail and a City Under Siege’.”
The translation of ‘Red Olive’, ‘the memories of Nahid Yousefian’ written by Qasem Yahoseyni, will be released as well. The work is rendered into Persian by Mohammad Reza Qanounparvar, IBNA said.
The novel ‘Da’ is also being translated by Paul Sprachman. ‘Noureddin, Son of Iran’ and ‘A Foot That Was Left Behind’ are being translated into English and Spanish at the Art Bureau.
‘Autumn in the Train’ has been rendered into Russian while ‘Ermia’ and ‘Wish There Were no Red Roses’ have been translated into Turkish and released in Turkey. The translated books are mostly welcomed by American students and educational centers. ‘Chess with the Doomsday Machine’ is being taught at New Jersey University. Most of the books are available at libraries and online in book-related websites. The reviews presented at websites including Amazon shows that the books were warmly welcomed.
Alan Cumming’s Solo Version of ‘Macbeth’ to Play Broadway
Iran Daily: A version of ‘Macbeth’ in which actor Alan Cumming plays all the roles is to transfer to Broadway.
The show, created for the National Theater of Scotland, will be staged in New York on a 73-date run from 7 April.
It premiered at Glasgow’s Tramway Theatre in June and then at the Lincoln Center Festival in New York, BBC reported.
This will be the second time the National Theatre of Scotland has taken a show to Broadway and the eighth time they have staged a show in New York.
Cumming’s version of the William Shakespeare classic re-imagines Macbeth as a patient in a modern psychiatric hospital.
Independent New York producer Ken Davenport is presenting the shows, directed by John Tiffany and Andrew Goldberg, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
Neil Murray, executive producer at the National Theatre of Scotland, said: “We are thrilled that a leading New York commercial producer is taking on our acclaimed production of Macbeth, featuring Alan Cumming’s stunning performance.
“We believe that this will be the first time that Shakespeare’s Scottish play will have been performed by a Scottish actor and a Scottish company on Broadway.”
Tiffany’s production of Once, which won 8 Tony Awards last year, is also currently playing on Broadway and opens in London’s West End later this year.
Cumming is currently appearing as Eli Gold on CBS’ ‘The Good Wife’, for which the 48-year-old has received Emmy, SAG and Satellite award nominations.
Tehran’s Book Garden For Families
Iran Daily: Tehran’s Book Garden will open next month, in which each pavilion will feature special types of books and an expert to guide visitors.
The book garden is designed as a venue for families to spend their leisure time together.
Families can rest and enjoy the ambiance of the garden and peruse through books.
A number of talent workshops will also be organized to help kids and teenagers explore their potentials.
Other sections of the garden include a Book Cafe, Book Therapy Clinic, computer games and a workshop on script reading.
The book garden will have five halls, the largest of which can accommodate 600 people.
The most important aims of the garden are to spread the culture of book reading and make people familiar with books published worldwide.
Tehran’s Book Garden is expected to become a tourism hub in the near future.

Encouraging Kids to Read
1. Make a habit of reading to your child every day, whether she is a one-year-old or a 10-year-old.
2. When your child is able to, have her read to you. You can take turns reading chapters in a simple chapter book, for example.
3. Get a library card for your child. Go to the library every week and take out several books.
4. Be aware of your child’s interests and direct your child to related books.
5. Try to find a series that she really likes and will want to continue reading.
6. Provide a comfortable reading area, with good lighting, in your home.
7. Discuss books with your child.
8. Buy books for your child that are related to her special interests.
9. If your child is a reluctant reader and not reading on grade level, buy her hi/lo books (books with a high interest level and low vocabulary).
10. Talk to your child’s teacher and ask for suggestions.
11. If your child really enjoys a particular author, check with your librarian about other authors or books she might enjoy.
12. Stay on the side of encouraging rather than nagging if you want your child to read. Nothing puts a child off faster than feeling forced to do something, so be careful.
13. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of reading to your child daily. Make it a priority.
14. Be consistent with reading aloud, trips to the library and other encouragement.
Winners of Iran’s Book of the Year Awards announced
Tehran Times: The winners of the 30th edition of Iran’s Book of the Year Awards were announced on Saturday.
The awards were presented by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during a ceremony at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall.
The Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance is the main organizer of the Book of the Year Awards.
The following is a list of the winners in various categories:
* Philosophy and psychology (Two winners were announced in this category.)
1. “The Theory of Interpretation” by Ahmad Va’ezi
2. “The History of Philosophy” by Emile Bréhier, translated by Esmaeil Sa’adat
* Religion (Four winners were announced in this category.)
1. “Al-Kafi” by Sheikh Koleini (Translated by Hossein Ostadvali)
2. “The Rules of Ekhbariyun (The Rules of Proponents of News and Narration)” by Ebrahim Beheshti
3. “The Infallibility of Imam in Shiism” by Mohammad-Hossein Faryab
4. “A Research on the Indisputable Verses and the Verses Admitting of Allegorical Interpretation” by Mohammad As’adi and Mahmud Tayyeb-Hosseini
* Social science
“The Political Thoughts of Imam Khomeini” by Ebrahim Barzegar
* Language
“Words and Their Meaning from Middle Persian to Farsi” by Katayun Mazdapur
* Science (Two winners were announced for this category.)
1. “Apoplexy” by Mahmudreza Azarpajuh
2. “Kitab Kifayat al-Tibb (The Extent of Medical Knowledge)” by Hubaysh al-Tiflisi corrected by Zahra
* Applied sciences (Three winners were announced for this category.)
1. “Bird Flu” by Mehdi Vasfi Marandi
2. “Distillation Operation” by Henry Kister, translated into Persian by Anush Lotfi
3. “Chemistry and Technology for Producing Meat and Processed Meat” by Nafiseh Soltanizadeh and Mehdi Kadivar
* Art (Four winners were announced for this category.)
1. “A History of Western Architecture” by David Watkin, translated by Mohammad-Taqi Faramarzi
2. Brick and Imagination: A Study of Islamic Iranian Architecture” by Kambiz Navaii and Kambiz Hajqasemi
3. “Aesthetics of Calligraphy Art in the Isfahan Congregational Mosque” by Mohammad-Hossein Halimi
4. “Art of Naqqali in Iran” Soheila Najm
* Literature
“Kiblah Turns towards You” by Alireza Borqaei
Story Code: 160824