Author: Marcia Lynx Qualey

Waguih Ghali and his friend Diana Athill during the 1960s (source: Cornell University Library)

Waguih Ghali′s diaries

The writer′s torment

Egyptian author Kamal Ruhayyim (source: Twitter)

Book review: Kamal Ruhayyim′s ″Menorahs and Minarets″

The unchangeable past

Syrian author Mustafa Khalifa and the Arabic cover of "The Shell"

Review: Mustafa Khalifa′s ″The Shell″

Guilty onlookers

Syrian picture-book author, Nadine Kaadan, reads to a group of children (source: private)

″Songs and Stories for Syrians″

Bridging the cultural gap

Stock image of a teenage girl reading (source: freestockphotos.biz)

Arab teens and Young Adult literature

The new wave

Rebekah Maggor, editor of ″Tahrir Tales: Plays from the Egyptian Revolution″ (source: vimeo)

Book review: ″Tahrir Tales: Plays from the Egyptian Revolution″

The drama of protest

Lebanese author Hilal Chouman (source: Flickr)

Book review: Hilal Chouman′s ″Limbo Beirut″

Hybrid lives

Palestinian poet Ghassan Zaqtan (source: YouTube)

Book review: Ghassan Zaqtan's "Describing the past"

The vapours of memory

Egyptian author Naguib Mahfouz (11 December 19011 - 30 August 2006)

Remembering Naguib Mahfouz

″A wave of light on an infinite ocean of darkness″

Portrait of the Moroccan author Muhammad Zafzaf (source: unknown)

Book review: Muhammad Zafzaf′s ″Elusive Fox″

One rule for them

Palestinian-Israeli author Sayed Kashua (photo: picture-alliance/Leemage)

Sayed Kashua′s ″Native: Dispatches from a Palestinian-Israeli Life″

His family′s grace

Egyptians queuing up to vote (photo: Nasser Nasser/AP/dapd)

Book review: Basma Abdel Aziz′s ″The Queue″

Disturbingly prescient

Iraqi author Ali Bader at The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival (photo: picture-alliance/Photoshot)

Ali Bader and ″Al-Kafira″

When Fatima became Sophie

Northern bald ibis in migration (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/M. Unsold)

Book review: ″The New Waw: Saharan Oasis″ by Ibrahim al-Koni

Cultivating the strange

Martyrs Square, Beirut ca. 1958 (photo: Getty Images/Three Lions)

Book review ″Beirut Noir″

Chronicling life in the corrupt city

Map of North Africa (photo: fotolia)

Arabic Europe

The writers fated to "represent"

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