And the Winner Is….

Gina Choe, who promised to read Mourid Barghouti's I Saw Ramallah and Tayeb Salih's Season of Migration to the North. Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's summer reading challenge! And we still have a very worthy list of contemporary and not-so-contemporary titles, as we asked critics, professors, booksellers, writers and translators which five … Continue reading And the Winner Is….

Another Book-Challenge Review: Yalo, by Elias Khoury

The blogger over at "Winston's Dad" has reviewed Yalo, by Elias Khoury, over on his blog---his first selection for the summer reading challenge. His rating was: "Rattler live in hot places twists and turns and packs a hell of a bite Just like Yalo." You can read more of his impressions here.

Summer Reading Challenge Review: Miramar, by Naguib Mahfouz

I just noticed that, over at By the Firelight, Paul Doyle has posted a review of his summer reading challenge selection, Naguib Mahfouz's Miramar. (Miramar was a selection both by professor/translator Shakir Mustafa and writer/book editor/translator R. Neil Hewison.) It's been a while since I've read Miramar, so I'm grateful for the ways in which … Continue reading Summer Reading Challenge Review: Miramar, by Naguib Mahfouz

Antoon: Five Could’ve Been Fifty, Youssef: Fifty(-Nine) It Is!

Sinan Antoon responded to my book request just after I'd posted the list for Take the Arabic Lit Summer Reading Challenge, and Win. If you don't know who Antoon is, for goodness sakes! His I'jaam was one of Katrina Weber's choices. He said, "So here are my five. But it could've been fifty of course: … Continue reading Antoon: Five Could’ve Been Fifty, Youssef: Fifty(-Nine) It Is!