In 2008, the Emirates Foundation funded the first “Arabic Booker” literary prize. The Dubai International Poetry Festival 2009 has announced its intentions to revive an ancient Arab literary contest. The Sharjah Women’s Club even got in on the literary bonanza with an Arab Woman’s Literary Creativity Award. A peaceful jihad?Continue Reading

The new issue of A Public Space is full of young Egyptian writers in a “focus” curated by Brian Edwards. With a story from Mansoura el-Ezdin and two entries from Ahmed Alaidy, it’s a must-have for readers interested in fresh Egyptian fiction. So, how to get hold of it inContinue Reading

Publications will trip over themselves to tell you what to lug to the beach for “summer reading.” But who can concentrate with all that sun? The best time for reading is when the temperatures are down, at least a bit, and you can curl up on a warm couch. InContinue Reading

Generally, I gravitate toward fiction—probably as one of my obstinacies, since the rest of the world is racing like a bullet toward memoir. But as I read and review the remarkable memoir Life is More Beautiful than Paradise, by Khaled al-Berry, it reminds me of another, Muhammad Khudayyir’s Basrayatha. IContinue Reading

Mansoura Ez-Eldin (b. 1976) studied journalism at Cairo University. She published her first collection of short stories, Shaken Light, in 2001. She has worked in Egyptian television and at the Egyptian literary magazine Akhbar al-Adab. Her debut novel, Maryam’s Maze, was translated by Paul Starkey. Her second, Beyond Paradise, was shortlisted for the 2010 International Prize forContinue Reading

From the International Prize for Arabic Fiction official biography and book description: Jabbour Douaihy was born in Zgharta, northern Lebanon, in 1949. He holds a PhD degree in Comparative Literature from the Sorbonne and works as Professor of French Literature at the University of Lebanon. To date, he has publishedContinue Reading

From the International Prize for Arabic Fiction official biography and book description: Antoine Douaihy is a Lebanese novelist and poet, born in 1948. He completed his higher education in Paris, gaining a doctorate in Anthropology from the Sorbonne in 1979, and remaining in France until the mid-nineties. He currently worksContinue Reading