The 2018 Bahrain International Book Fair: Breaking Your Fast with an Onion

"When patience is poorly rewarded, you will certainly hear Bahrainis express their frustration by likening the situation to 'breaking one’s fast with an onion.' And after a little over a year’s worth of waiting, Bahrain’s 18th International Book Fair is that onion."

Leading Kuwaiti Writers Saud Alsanousi and Bothayna al-Essa on Pushing Back Against a Season of Censorship

"There was a time when we'd hoped that the state might sponsor and encourage young writers, because there are quite a number of young people at work writing novels. But today I'm not asking for any support from the state; all we ask is that they leave us in peace, and that we write without interference or guidance or censorship."