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Fri 2 March 2018

Events on Fri 2 March 2018
An Audience with Alexander McCall Smith

Event 1 Friday 2 March, 10am-11am Al Ras 2, InterContinental

Join us for an hour of mischief, laughter and master storytelling with one of the world’s most prolific and best-loved writers, Alexander McCall Smith. Author of more than 100 books including the internationally bestselling No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, 44 Scotland Street and Corduroy Mansions series, McCall Smith was recently awarded the prestigious Medal of Honor for Achievement in Literature by The National Arts Club of America.

Language: English

An Audience with Alexander McCall Smith

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Jacqueline Wilson: The History Girls

Event 2 Friday 2 March, 10am-11am Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

Superstar children’s author Jacqueline Wilson has created some of the most beloved characters in children’s literature, from the mischievous Tracy Beaker to the headstrong Hetty Feather.

Her new book, Wave Me Goodbye, tells the moving story of 10-year-old Shirley, an evacuee in the Second World War who is sent to live in a strange old house with the mysterious Mrs Waverley….

Travel back in time with Shirley, Hetty and many more in Jacqueline’s capable hands.

There will be no public book signing at this session, but printed book plates with Jacqueline’s signature will be available with each book purchased at the Festival Bookshop.

The lucky first 200 ticket buyers will have a chance to meet Jacqueline for a special book signing and photo.

Language: English

Age Group: 9+

Jacqueline Wilson: The History Girls

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James Dashner: The Maze Runner

Event 5 Friday 2 March, 12pm-1pm Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

Authors: James Dashner
James Dashner’s epic Maze Runner series is an international phenomenon. The first book stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for 100 weeks and two of the books have been adapted as blockbuster movies starring Dylan O’Brien, with part 3, The Death Cure, hitting cinema screens worldwide in early 2018.

In his first visit to the Festival, hear from the author himself how he created Thomas, WICKED and the Gladers, as well as his other series such as the mind-bending Mortality Doctrine and dimension-hopping 13th Reality.

Language: English

Age Group: 12+

James Dashner: The Maze Runner

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Rhianna Pratchett: The Rise of the Tomb Raider

Event 8 Friday 2 March, 2pm-3pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

Rhianna Pratchett’s remarkable career has seen her redefine video game storytelling, rebooting the Tomb Raider series and creating whole new worlds in Mirror’s Edge and Heavenly Sword. She also works to preserve the legacy of her father, Terry Pratchett, and his beloved Discworld books, ensuring that forthcoming adaptations of The Wee Free Men, The Watch and others are faithful to his vision and unique sense of humour. She is currently developing a TV series set in the world of the Arabian Nights.

Join us for this exploration of Rhianna’s writing and filmmaking careers, the challenges of reinventing gaming icon Lara Croft, and the importance of plenty of tea-drinking!

Language: English

Rhianna Pratchett: The Rise of the Tomb Raider

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Kevin Kwan: Crazy Rich Asians

Event 65 Friday 2 March, 2pm-3pm Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

Authors: Kevin Kwan
We’ve all wondered at how the super-rich live, but may not have seen the wild extravagance of it first-hand. Author Kevin Kwan has, and he’s here to reveal all about the world of the luxury-laden Crazy Rich Asians trilogy, from private jets to plastic surgery for pet fish.

The satirical series, which has been dubbed ‘a Chinese Dallas meets Pride and Prejudice’ for its portrayal of the gossip and scheming of a wealthy elite, has entertained readers worldwide and is now on its way to cinemas. This is your chance to get the inside story on those #richpeopleproblems from the author who knows them best!

Language: English

Kevin Kwan: Crazy Rich Asians

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Nnedi Okorafor: Who Fears Death

Event 15 Friday 2 March, 4pm-5pm Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Meet the author responsible for ‘the next Game of Thrones’ set in post-apocalyptic Africa. Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death is being adapted for television by HBO and George RR Martin, and follows the journey of Onye – a woman on a quest for vengeance against her sorcerous father.

A winner of the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Awards as well as the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature, Nnedi’s recent work also includes the Binti trilogy, Lagoon, a story in a new Star Wars anthology and a comic starring pre-Islamic Arab hero Antar the Black Knight.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear from one of the rising stars of speculative fiction!

Language: English

Nnedi Okorafor: Who Fears Death

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Ibrahim Nasrallah: Dog War II

Event 24 Friday 2 March, 4pm-5pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

In 2006, Ibrahim Nasrallah finally fulfilled his dream of becoming a full-time writer. With the freedom to write, he has produced some of his best work, including the IPAF-shortlisted Time of White Horses, Lanterns of the King of Galilee and Kilimanjaro Spirit – the last inspired by his journey with volunteers and disabled Palestinian children to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

In this conversation he will talk about his writing, the challenges he faced growing up and his shift from telling the story of 250 years of recent Palestinian history to his surprise move into futuristic dystopian fiction in Dog War II.

Language: Arabic

Ibrahim Nasrallah: Dog War II

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Locke & Key: Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez

Event 22 Friday 2 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

The Eisner Award-winning Locke and Key comic series has sold more than a million copies and is already considered a modern comics classic, pitting a grieving family against the forces of evil and their own buried secrets.

For the first time in Dubai, the creators appear together on stage to discuss their work, an upcoming TV adaptation, and their reunion in Tales from the Darkside.

Joe Hill is the author of Locke and Key, as well as the novels Heart-Shaped Box, Horns, NOS4A2 and the Locus Award-winning The Fireman.

Gabriel Rodriguez is the illustrator of Locke and Key. He also won an Eisner Award for Little Nemo in Slumberland and recently launched his own original series, Sword of Ages.

Language: English

Locke & Key: Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez

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Khaled Khalifa: Aleppo in Our Heart

Event 25 Friday 2 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Celebrated Syrian author Khaled Khalifa, twice shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, joins us to talk about his critically acclaimed writing and his love for his home city, Aleppo. His novels No Knives in the Kitchens of this City and In Praise of Hatred – both also published in English to widespread praise – portray the life of the city and its people over the period of history from the first world war to 2003 – a time of great social and cultural change.

Make sure to catch this important conversation for an author’s insight into the real Aleppo.

Language: Arabic

Khaled Khalifa: Aleppo in Our Heart

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Come Dal With Me: Dinner with Madhur Jaffrey

Event 27 Friday 2 March, 7.30pm-9.30pm Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

Spice up your Friday night with an evening of mouthwatering food, with the Queen of Curries, Madhur Jaffrey.

Madhur has made a career of educating aspiring cooks in the art of Indian food. To mark the India-UAE Cultural Celebrations: a cultural partnership for a positive future, she will take us on a journey to trace the influence of Indian cookery. Hear about culinary adventures around the world, tales of her exciting life as actress and author, and even some of her prized cooking secrets to making curry easy!

Join us for themed entertainment and a delicious four course meal based on recipes from Madhur’s books.

Dress code: smart casual

Guests will be seated at tables of 8 to 10.

Language: English

Come Dal With Me: Dinner with Madhur Jaffrey

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