"The English self-publishing scene in Bahrain is going strong, I believe. The more writers believe in themselves and push through the shell that keeps them from taking on huge challenges, the better for the country as a whole. Part of my mission is to enable more Bahraini authors to publish their books (whether through lectures, blogs or whatever)."
Titled 'The Djinn Falls in Love, and Other Stories,' it promises to bring together more than "20 new and classic tales of Djinn from amazing authors from all around the world."
Award-winning Emirati science-fiction author Noura Al Noman, with two books published in her Ajwan series, looks at the possibilities and pitfalls of a new Arabic fantasy series by Islam Idris.
In his latest book, A Rare Blue Bird that Flies with Me -- shortlisted for this year's International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) -- Moroccan writer Youssef Fadel takes the reader on a vividly imaginative odyssey through a dark period in Morocco’s history. Al-Mustafa Najjar talked to the author