New Poems by Saniyah Saleh, Mohab Nasr, Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine in ‘Seedings’

"The issue has perhaps the most of Saniya Saleh's work that has ever appeared, in translation, in one place."

5 Questions: Publishing’s 2020 ‘Hotlist: Arab World’

At this year's Frankfurt Book Fair, the Alliance internationale des éditeurs indépendants presented the first-ever "Arab World Hotlist," a curated selection of titles from 30 independent publishing houses in seven countries (Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar, Syria and Tunisia): "The HotLists," organizers write, "while offering an opportunity to discover the creativity of independent publishers, are … Continue reading 5 Questions: Publishing’s 2020 ‘Hotlist: Arab World’

Friday Finds: Emma Ramadan on Translating Meryem Alaoui’s ‘Straight From the Horse’s Mouth’

The Asymptote Book Club's September 2020 selection was Emma Ramadan's translation of Meryem Alaoui's Straight from the Horse's Mouth: As part of the book-club materials, Asymptote editor Allison Braden talked with Ramadan about the book in "Shunning Stereotypes." Even though the book centers a female character who works in a field often, in Arabic literature, … Continue reading Friday Finds: Emma Ramadan on Translating Meryem Alaoui’s ‘Straight From the Horse’s Mouth’

Hay Festival ‘Will Not Return to Abu Dhabi’ While Minister Accused of Sexual Assault ‘Remains in Position’

Hay Festival, which ran the first-ever Hay Festival Abu Dhabi this year, has stated that the literary festival will not return to Abu Dhabi while the minister accused of assault "remains in position": The festival was held in February of this year, but it wasn't until this past weekend that the account of Caitlin McNamara, … Continue reading Hay Festival ‘Will Not Return to Abu Dhabi’ While Minister Accused of Sexual Assault ‘Remains in Position’

Winner of 2020 ArabLit Story Prize: ‘Tunnels’

We are delighted to announce that the winners of the 2019 ArabLit Story Prize are Hadiya Hussein and Shakir Mustafa for “Tunnels”: This year’s judges decided, after deliberation focused on translational approaches taken by the works on the five-story shortlist, to award the top prize to “Tunnels,” written by Iraqi author Hadiya Hussein and translated by … Continue reading Winner of 2020 ArabLit Story Prize: ‘Tunnels’