Author: Marcia Lynx Qualey

Hoda Marmar, administrator of Beirutʹs Bookoholics (photo: Hoda Marmar)

Profile: Hoda Marmar, administrator of Beirutʹs Bookoholics

Truly, madly, deeply into books

Iraqi author Shahad al-Rawi (photo: picture alliance/EdinburghElitemedia/G. Harley)

Book review: Shahad al-Rawiʹs "The Baghdad Clock"

Romance and sanctions in ʹ90s Iraq

Egyptian novelist Radwa Ashour: 1946–2014 (source: Twitter)

Book review: Radwa Ashour's "The Journey"

An inheritance of grief and joy

Molly Crabapple and Marwan Hisham (photo: Molly Crabapple and Marwan Hisham)

Book review: Marwan Hisham and Molly Crabappleʹs "Brothers of the Gun"

Immortal art and immortal words

Palestinian-American poet Fady Joudah (photo: Milkweed Editions)

Poetry anthology: Fady Joudah's "Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance"

A web of living tissue

Iraqi American author Dunya Mikhail (source: New Directions)

Non-fiction: Dunya Mikhailʹs "The Beekeeper"

Rescuing the stolen women

Against a backdrop of Israel′s "Separation Barrier", women and men hold hands and dance the dabke. Their legs are chained together and a checkpoint stands between two of them (copyright: Mohammed Sabaaneh)

Mohammad Sabaaneh′s "White and Black: Political Cartoons from Palestine"

Punching through the glass

Symbolic image of Trump's travel ban; international travellers arriving at Boston's Logan Airport are reflected in a door next to a no entry sign (photo: Reuters/B. Snyder)

Book review: a ″Banthology″ of short stories

Framing the dangerous nations

Egyptian writer Donia Maher (source: elcinema.com)

Book review: Donia Maher′s ″The Apartment in Bab El Louk″

Chronicling a neighbourhood

Refugees on the Austrian-German border (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/A. Weigel)

Book review: ″Refugees Worldwide: Literary Reportage″

Hierarchies of the destitute

Osama Alomar was born in Damascus, Syria, in 1968 and now lives in Chicago. He is the author of three collections of short stories and a volume of poetry in Arabic (source: cityofasylum.org)

Osama Alomar

″The Teeth of the Comb & Other Stories″: A touch of Aesop

Saudi Arabian writer and novelist Badriah Albeshr (photo: private)

Book review: Badriah Albeshr′s ″Hend and the Soldiers″

In fear of the fury

Mazen Kerbaj (photo: Stewart Mostofsky)

Book review: Mazen Kerbaj′s ″Beirut won′t cry″

″Bombs pass and we bark″

Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem Beck (photo: Hind Shoufani)

Interview with Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem Beck

Our broken languages

Iraqi novelist and poet Sinan Antoon (source: Lenos Verlag)

Book review: Sinan Antoon′s ″The Baghdad Eucharist″

Fading under fire

A banquet given by the commander-in-chief Lala Mustafa Pahsa to the janissaries in Izmit, 5 April 1578 (source: Topkapi Palace Museum Library, MS H1365, fol. 34b.)

Non-fiction: ″Scents & Flavors: A Syrian Cookbook″

Muslim master chefs

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