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M. Lynx Qualey

M. Lynx Qualey is the founder of, 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.

How (and Why) We’re Celebrating ‘World Kid Lit Month’ in 2019

Since 2016, we've marked "World Kid Lit Month" each September, celebrating translations of children's literature into English.

15 Giveaways and Discounts for Women in Translation Month

We've found nine giveaways and six discounts from publishers, booksellers, and book groups to celebrate Women in Translation Month (#WiTMonth) this August.

Kickstart This: New Lit Fest, Palestine Writes Back

A new lit festival set for next March is looking for support. Palestine Writes Back promises to be the first major fest ...

Who Really Wrote the “Aladdin” Story, Anyway?

When Yasmine Seale's new translation of Aladdin was published last November, no author was listed on the cover. So, who wrote the Aladdin story?

Where Can You Find Great YA in Translation? Six Suggestions

Recently, publisher and German-to-English translator Cat Bergman asked for recommendations on where to find YA in translation. Adding tags this ...

First Feminist, Community-Owned Library Opens in India

The crowd-funded and community-supported "Sister Library" in Mumbai is the "first ever community-owned feminist library in India."

A New Literary Prize, Where People Who are Imprisoned Are Judges

This literary prize is different. Here, the judges are chosen from among people detained in Europe’s largest prison, Fleury-Mérogis.

Why is a Literary Collective Translating 100 Classic Indian Novels?

The Indian Novels Collective (INC) has set itself an ambitious goal. The collective intends to translate 100 novels from 13 Indian languages into English.

5 Things I Learned Launching a Little Literary Magazine

Little literary magazines are born to die, as Nick Ripatrazone wrote last year. Why open another one? Find out and get some advice here.

What’s ONCE UPON A TIME in Tamil? Story Starters Around the World

Children's book author Chitra Soundar turned to Twitter to gather story starters from around the world, starting with the Tamil, "In that only place."

What To Do With a Book That Defies Categorization: An Author Interview

Nora Lester Murad and Danna Masad worked a long time on the category-defying book Rest in My Shade. What started as ...

Where to Start with Serbian Lit (Hint: Not Just With Male Authors)

Translator Rachael Daum lives in Belgrade, Serbia. In addition to her work for the American Literary Translators Association, she also translates ...

6 Books: Where to Start with Algerian Literature

My favorite Algerian book critic, Dr. Nadia Ghanem, has put together an overview of who’s who—and what’s what—when it comes to ...

Read the Writers Shortlisted for 2019 International Prize for Arabic Fiction

The shortlist for the 2019 International Prize for Arabic Fiction was just revealed. Four of the six shortlisted authors can already be read in English.

The Tomb Raiders, Martial Arts, and Dragon-Horses of Chinese Fantasy

Explore Chinese mythology, lore, legend, and literature as one reader discusses the history of Chinese fantasy literature.