"People were coming out onto the streets and at the same time there was this sense of imminent disaster. What happened on June 30 happened, the defeat came to pass, and it was then that I started to take the subject seriously."
"On this day, October 14, 1994, Dr. Fathi Hashim waited outside to drive [Naguib Mahfouz] there. Yet Hashim wasn’t alone. Another young man was waiting outside with a concealed switchblade."
The great Egyptian writer Tawfiq al-Hakim (1898-1987) was born on this day in Alexandria.
SF, fantasy, and YA author-translator Ahmed Samah Al-Mahdi shares a chapter from his novel Malaz.
"Chekhov eventually travels with the sisters to Cairo, where demonstrations against the Khedive are taking place, and where he finds himself embroiled in mayhem."
"Last but not least, kids can mess with magazines. Unlike books, they can write in them, color them, and some magazines come with pages to color or connect the dots. A child has more freedom with a magazine than with a book."
"It’s a vicious cycle, but if I were a publisher, I think I would bet on popular, low-cost, low-quality editions. That way, fraud would no longer be profitable for them."
"I read her 1970 Romantikeyyat, an account of her years in America as a young student, while working on my PhD dissertation on Arab Travel Narratives of America."
"My narrative revolves around a love story between two Egyptian women. Is there a better moment for such love to happen than during a revolution?"
What appears on US and UK newspapers' and magazines' recommended lists of Egyptian fiction?
"& I didn’t taste her lips / & company didn’t show until the final day I filled the space that’s for your body / consciously or lost"
"And yes, Galal’s poetry inspires me. He makes me want to sit at my desk with a stronger spine, be brave with my own writing."