M. Lynx Qualey is a writer and reader based in Cairo, Egypt. This blog is a wonderful collection of reviews, book world news, interviews, lists of recommended reading and much much more.
Banipal is a great literary magazine about Arab writers, from poets to novelists. Founded in 1998, Banipal is an independent source for information on contemporary literature from all over the Arab world in English translation. The three issues a year present established and new Arab authors and poets in English for the first time through poems, short stories or excerpts from novels, and include author interviews, profiles and book reviews. Each issue is well illustrated with author photographs with the full colour covers featuring prominent Arab artists.
Kutub encourages you to check out Asia Writes, an independent, up-to-date resource site for Asian writers in English includes a section on Middle Eastern related events. They also have a listing of organizations as diverse as book groups to writers organizations to research groups. http://asiawrites.blogspot.com
Everything you need to know about the world’s great writers and emerging voices is being collected and shared on the English PEN Online World Atlas. Head over to the Atlas to create (or edit) a profile for your favourite author or book, leave a comment or contact another user, and discover your next great read. We believe that great writing has the power to change your life and change the world, one book at a time.
The Atlas is proud to be partnering with the Hay Festival’s Beirut39 contest, celebrating Beirut’s year as UNESCO World Book Capital, to find the hottest authors under 40 of Arabic origin. Nominations are open until August 24th, 2009.
Words without Borders translates, publishes, and promotes the finest contemporary international literature. Our publications and programs open doors for readers of English around the world to the multiplicity of viewpoints, richness of experience, and literary perspective on world events offered by writers in other languages. They seek to connect international writers to the general public, to students and educators, and to print and other media and to serve as a primary online location for a global literary conversation.
Every month, on their online magazine, WWB publishes eight to ten new works by international writers. They have published works by Nobel Prize winner J.M.G Le Clézio, Herta Müller, Mahmoud Darwish, Etgar Keret, Per Petterson, Fadhil Al-Azzawi, W.G. Sebald, and Ma Jian, as well as many new and rising international writers. To date they have published well over a thousand pieces from 114 countries and eighty languages.