"The president, who had submitted his resignation, had gone off to the Canary Islands to spend his retirement there, wishing the Yemeni people all the best of luck."
"Fortunately for me, my family travels frequently, which allows me to get hard-copy originals from abroad."
"I’ll never forget the date: It was March 30, 1995, and I still celebrate this day every year, as my literary birthday."
I will say that I am your lover (just saying)
You will say to me: my love (just a word)
"The novel has an open end and complex allusions, which in my opinion gives more freedom to the dramaturge when writing the script."
"Nothing stays a secret for long in the souk."
"Facebook has broken the barrier that distance once put in our way. And a writer in the diaspora may have more of a following in Yemen than a writer who lives here. Plus the freedom that writers can enjoy in exile has a positive impact on Yemeni literature as a whole."
"As for writers, there′s nothing they can do about the terrible situation in Yemen. They live under bombing and mortar fire, the same as everyone else, with the same shortage of basic necessities like water, food and electricity."
Some preliminary thoughts about the novel.
"Ongoing political turmoil may not bode well for Yemen, but if 2014 is any indication, the outlook for its national literary scene is a promising one."
The TEDxSana'a Book Club has established a small but vibrant book community in Yemen's largest city, as reported in the Yemen Times this week. Now they're looking to expand even more,
While she was in Iowa City, participating in the International Writing Program (IWP)'s fall 2013 residency, Yemeni poet and filmmaker Sawsan Al-Areeqe spoke with the program's "On the Map" series. The video interview was recently released on YouTube.