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Reading the Arabian Nights

January 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Writers, translators, and artists celebrate the most famous story collection of all time.


  • Yasmine Seale
  • Paulo Lemos Horta
  • S. A. Chakraborty
  • Elias Muhanna
  • Marjan Neshat


A cornerstone of world literature and a monument to the power of storytelling, the Arabian Nights has inspired countless authors, from Charles Dickens and Edgar Allen Poe to Naguib Mahfouz, Clarice Lispector, and Angela Carter. In their extensive new collection, The Annotated Arabian Nights, literary historian Paulo Lemos Horta and poet and translator Yasmine Seale present a fresh selection of tales from the Nights. Featuring treasured original stories as well as later additions including “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves,” the collection definitively brings the Nights out of Victorian antiquarianism and into the 21st century.

Elias MuhannaNew Yorker writer and a scholar of classical Arabic Literature, speaks with Horta, Seale, and speculative fiction writer S. A. Chakraborty about the beloved story collection. Plus, a special reading by actor Marjan Neshat.