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Posted On: 15 June 2020 02:46 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:07 pm

New books published in honour of the Qatar-France Year of Culture 2020

Binu Cherian
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In honour of the Year of Culture Qatar France 2020, Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press (HBKU Press) has released several newly translated books in Arabic that were originally published in French and acquired from prominent French publishers. The books, which vary in genres and target audience, are a part of HBKU Press’s overarching initiative to build bridges between nations through cross-cultural communications and to participate in the knowledge economy.

The newly published books include an in-depth look at a French football legend and various French learning materials for children, now available for the first time in Arabic. Football enthusiasts will be enthralled with the exclusive biography of Paris Saint-Germain F.C. superstar, Kylian Mbappé. This stunning self-titled book follows this iconic young player’s meteoric rise to fame including rare images and exclusive interviews collected by the journalists of France Football.

Additionally, several non-fiction titles have been released for children of all ages. The Book of Trees (Kitab Al-Ashghar/Le Livre Aux Arbres) and The Book of Birds (Kitab Al Toyour/Le Livre des Oiseaux) from French publisher Belin Education, are two great resources for aspiring naturalists. Filled with fun facts and detailed anatomic illustrations, each book has over 200 facts about various trees and birds.

From the French publisher Nathan, HBKU Press has translated two books from the Discover and Learn series: The Science of an Egg (Al Beydaa/La science est dans l'oeuf) and The Science of a Lemon (Al Liymoon/La science est dans le citron). A wonderful collection in Arabic for budding scientists everywhere, these books include ten fun and easy experiments that explore basic scientific principles using everyday items found in our daily environment. The final two books in this series, The Science of Water (Al Maa’/ La Science est dans l'eau) and The Science of Paper (Al Wara’/La Science est dans le papier) will be released in late 2020.

Also from Nathan, HBKU Press previously launched the final two books in a series of three parenting books translated from French to Arabic. How to Manage Your Child’s Emotions Calmly (Fard Saytara Al-Walidin Bi-Leen), Daddy for the First Time (Ab Li-Mara Al-Owla), and How to Control Anger (Fawrat Al-Ghadab; 2019) aim to help parents everywhere navigate their child’s emotions and their role as parents in thoughtful and nurturing ways. HBKU Press also launched François Charles Mauriac’s critically acclaimed novel, The Kiss for the Leper (Qubla Lal-Abrous) at the 2020 Doha International Book Fair.

The Year of Culture Qatar France 2020 contains a series of events celebrating the relations between the State of Qatar and the Republic of France through cultural partnerships between French and Qatari organizations, institutions, and individuals also in collaboration with the Embassy of Qatar in Paris, the Embassy of France in Doha and The French Institute.

HBKU Press’s catalogue of works is available in bookstores across Qatar and on Amazon Kindle as eBooks. Hard copies can also be purchased and delivered in Qatar through the Rafeeq and Snoonu applications.

For sales regarding these books, please contact HBKU Press at [email protected]

Source: Press release