Organizers announced today that two Maaloufs had made the 13-strong “Finalists’ List” for the Man Booker International: Lebanese novelist Amin Maalouf and Australian David Malouf (of Lebanese-Portuguese descent). Unlike the plain-old Booker, the Booker International is not for a single work, but for a writer’s overall achievements in fiction. Continue Reading

Francophone Lebanese author Amin Maalouf has won Spain’s prestigious Prince of Asturias literature award, the Asturias foundation announced. Maalouf, the 61-year-old author of Samarkand and The Crusades Through Arab Eyes, beat 26 other contenders that included Portugal’s Nobel-winning author Jose Saramago and much-lauded Canadian author Alice Munro. The prize isContinue Reading