Jokha Alharthi Is Man Booker International Prize’s First Arabic Winner

Jokha Alharthi Is Man Booker International Prize’s First Arabic Winner

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Jokha Alharthi has made literary history as the Man Booker International Prize’s first Arabic winner.   The Independent Celestial Bodies follows, according to Amazon, “Mayya, who marries Abdallah after a heartbreak; Asma, who marries from a sense of duty; and Khawla, who rejects all offers while waiting for her beloved, who has emigrated to Canada,” as their homeland of Oman transitions from a slave trading center into an oil producer. Upon publication, the book received rave reviews with The National noting “it ­continually re-­evaluates both present and past” and with the Irish Times stating it “brings a distinctive and important new voice to world literature.” …

Scotland’s First Space Pilot Took Children’s Book With Him Into Space!

Scotland’s First Space Pilot Took Children’s Book With Him Into Space!

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On February 22nd, 2019, the first Scottish person went into space. His name was David Mackay and he was inspired at an early age when he was given a book in his small village back in the 60s. According to the BBC he was given the book Exploring Space  as a reward for his good attendance in Sunday school in 1964. David Mackay revealed he was inspired by the book to become a pilot and eventually travel into space. His first dream was fulfilled by becoming a test pilot and eventually, the second was also completed when he became the Chief Pilot of …