M. Lynx Qualey

M. Lynx Qualey is the founder of ArabLit.org, a website that brings together translators, authors, publishers, critics, academics, and readers around discussions of Arabic literature in translation. She works as a book critic, reader, editor, and ghostwriter. You can follow her at @arablit.

Arab American Book Awards Showcase Increasing “Variety and Diversity”

The winners of the 2020 Arab American Book Awards, announced in August, showcase variety and diversity in both form and authorship.

#WorldKidLit Month: Why We Need Translated Lit for Kids!

First launched in September 2016, World Kid Lit Month is a month to celebrate and promote world literature for children and teens. The month focuses particularly on fiction, poetry, and nonfiction translated to English from other languages. How can you participate? Find out!

New No-fee Ekphrastic Poetry Prize for Teens and Adults

The Barjeel Art Foundation has opened a new, no-fee ekphrastic poetry prize for teens and adults. There are six categories.

From Mythic Maps to 1001 Nights: 9 of Twitter’s Delightful Lit Bots

Most bots are banal. Some bots are malicious. But there are also a few bots that bring a bit of wonder and poetry into your timeline.

Meet the 5 Writers Shortlisted for the 2020 Caine Prize for African Writing

The Caine Prize for African Writing is one of the world's major short-story prizes. Meet the five writers shortlisted for this year's prize.

12 Famous Authors Who Were Also Illustrators or Artists

A handful authors are also successful visual artists. These twelve -- six men and six women -- were best-known as writers, but also made surprising art.

Trying New Dishes During Quarantine: Medieval Cookbooks

Has quarantine led you to new experiments in the kitchen? If yes, there are many fun food experiments that await you in medieval cookbooks!

25 Must-Read Books for 4th Graders

This list of books for 4th graders aims for the nine- and ten-year-old's sweet spot. Not too old, not too young; not too serious, not too silly.

Lockdown Summer: Literary Translation Events Online

Lock-downs and shelter-in-place rules have changed the landscape of literary events. In response, these literary translation events have shifted online.

Comix Chronicling the Time of COVID-19

Artists and writers are chronicling their journey with COVID-19 in interesting and thought-provoking ways. Pass the time with these COVID-19 comics.

10 Iraqi Books to Read After Watching BAGHDAD CENTRAL

What to read when you finish watching BAGHDAD CENTRAL (or in preparation for its arrival on Hulu).

Kickstart This: Handbook of Inks & Paints of the Middle-East

A huge response to one of Joumana Medlej's Twitter threads led her to revive a project to make a handbook of traditional inks and paints of the Middle East.

Why I Insist On My Guilty Pleasure Novels

For this reader by profession, so-called guilty pleasure books are books she's not being paid to read. Here's why reading for pleasure is important to her.

Remembering (Or Getting to Know) Mohammed Dib at His 100th

The year marks the centenary of Algerian author Mohammed Dib, whose work depicted mid-20th-century Algeria and offered bracing looks at violence and power.

Meet the 4 Women Authors (of 103) Nominated for the 1969 Nobel

The Nobel Prize for Literature recently opened their archives from 1969. Of the 103 writers from around the world nominated for the prize, four were women.

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