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Season Greetings & Some Updates

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Good Day, Dear Friends  

Happy Spring to you & yours!  I hope this season of rebirth finds you in fine form and your own personal projects are blooming :)

Much has happened in the past six months (since my last update) with the book finding its way in the world.  Highlights included an invitation to participate at a literary festival in India, I’ve heard from a bookstore in Singapore which is…

Follow-up on Hardcover Books, Kindles & Update on Paperback Edition :)

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Dear Subscribers, Readers & Friends:

I trust that in the past couple of months, the 400 or so of you who have pre-ordered a limited edition hardcover book or Kindle version have, by now, received your copies and I do hope you are enjoying them! 

If for some reason, you have not yet received your supporter copies, it's possible that you have to confirm your address in your account. Please…

Book Update & Feature Article from my Alma Mater, George Washington University

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Great news!  When last I spoke to my editor, 2 days ago, she notified me that some subscriber copies have already been dispatched, and people should start receiving them any day now — probably, this week!

Again, please, feel free to share pictures or impressions of the book, once your copies arrive :)

Also, just in moments ago, some support from my alma mater, George Washington University…

'Epic' News—The Book Has Landed! :)

Wednesday, 27 June 2018


Dear Co-Partners-in-the-Dream, 'Epics' is Here :)

Just a little over one year after submitting my manuscript of 800 aphorisms, "Where Epics Fail", I received this exciting note from my editor, earlier today:

I'm delighted to let you know that an advance box of special editions of Where Epics Fail have landed in the office! I've attached a few photos though they really don't do the…

Book Cover and Publication Date, Finally!

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Dear Friends,

I apologize for the very long wait (it’s also the longest I’ve had to wait for a book of mine)!  My hope is that, when you receive your subscriber copy, you will see why it took as long as it it did & appreciate the high quality of the book production.

Above, is a sneak peak of the book cover, clothbound & with gold foil (also, a first for me, of my 6 books, so far :)


Aphorisms from "Where Epics Fail" nominated for a Pushcart Prize!

Sunday, 3 December 2017

I'm thrilled to learn, over the weekend, that a short selection of my aphorisms from Where Epics Fail has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, by Tiferet Journal.

Tiferet publishes high-quality poetry, prose and art that further meaningful dialogue about what it is to be humane and conscious in today's often divisive world. 

It's gratifying that excerpts from 'Epics' are receiving such recognition…

Sufism, the Mystical Branch of Islam, and Aphorisms

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Dear Readers,

By way of background, Idries Shah was my first proper introduction to Sufism — not as an art form (think of the great Persian poets, Rumi and Hafez), but as an art of living. 

So, it’s especially humbling, now, to be invited by Shah's foundation to submit aphorisms from 'Where Epics Fail' and do this short interview

I hope you enjoy the read,



Fun Radio Interview: on Egypt, Aphorisms, Astrology & Much Else

Friday, 10 November 2017

Nearly 5 months later, I return to talk on the radio with the seriously playful Caroline Casey, of The Mythological News Service :) 

In this zany, hour-long conversation, we discuss: my visit to Egypt (after nearly 12 years away), the art of aphorisms, as well as the role of belief and literature in an Age of Intolerance. 

I also read an excerpt from my cover story for the November issue of…

Video: Reading aphorisms from ‘Epics’ in Texas

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

First of all, thanks, for your patience! Work on the book cover begins next month and I will make sure to share that once it’s ready.

Meantime, here’s a book reading from Where Epics Fail, in Austin, where I was recently invited to take part in the Texas Book Festival:

I hope you enjoy it and wish you well with your own adventures, Yahia

'Epics' featured in "15 AMAZING ACHIEVEMENTS BY EGYPTIANS IN 2017"

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Hello, Friends

I hope you've been doing well and enjoying the summer.

A belated, hearty welcome to new book supporters, since last I posted, and here's latest press coverage to share with you:

Among film and sport achievements making Egyptians proud, in 2017, I'm honored to see my 'Epics' included:


Too soon for another update, I know, but... it's a major Indian newspaper & (seriously playful) American radio show

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

The Visionary Activist Radio Show - Coyote Network News. Listen here

The Saga of Aphorisms - New Indian Express. Read here

1st Review of "Epics" –in Cairo, Egypt– and it's a Rave!

Friday, 16 June 2017

"Lababidi's soon-to-be published aphorisms may prove to be the most relevant literature of our generation... His Egyptian upbringing exposed him to our timeless and pervasive 'amsal shaabiyya' (proverbs and sayings), which spurred his interest in a very social form of poetry and philosophy. It is well known that Arabs, and Egyptians especially, can be very clever with language...

Passed down from…

"One of the most trusted news programs on TV" — PBS NewsHour — reviews "Epics"

Monday, 22 May 2017

Deeply grateful for this great coverage of my new book, by PBS NewsHour's Elizabeth Flock:

"The aphorisms in “Where Epics Fail” exhort us to pay attention, believe we can make a difference, keep our hearts open in the face of pain, take responsibility for our actions, avoid ego and do the hard work that comes with sticking to ideals."

Here, is the link to read the full article:


"Poetry is an act of peace. Peace goes into the making of a poet as flour goes into the making of bread” via 2paragraphs

Sunday, 14 May 2017

A short press piece on why I chose my new book title, Where Epics Fail, and what I hope to achieve through it:

I hope you enjoy this little article, dear book backers (last I checked, around 170 souls!) and, if so, that you might share the link with folks you know who might appreciate …

Not entirely sure I posted latest book news correctly, so here's take 2!

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

1st Book Review of "Where Epics Fail" in HuffPost =)

May 8: HuffPost are promoting 1st book review of *Where Epics Fail* in their books section! Read, here:


We did it, 100% of funding reached!

My book, Where Epics Fail, will be published, thanks to all 112 backers who…

Publication date: Autumn 2018
173% funded
399 backers