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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.

8 Arab Plays You Can Read Like Novels (5 Free Online)

In third grade, I spent a lot of time in the school library, sitting cross-legged on the ground beside the ...

Feminist Libraries Around the World

Feminist libraries are flourishing around the world, from Beirut to Sydney to Glasgow, Scotland.

Anne Rice vs. Editors

A 2017 Facebook post in which Anne Rice declares her refusal to be edited is making its viral way around Twitter. But does any novelist really have a "solo voice"?

5 African or Africa-centric Book Podcasts

Five fun African book podcasts in English coming to you from Kenya (x2), Nigeria, Cameroon, and Morocco (plus a grant opportunity for potential podcasters!)

What I Learned from (Co-)Launching a Literary Podcast

Last November, Ursula Lindsey and I launched a podcast called "Bulaq," about contemporary writing from and about the Middle East and North Africa. Eleven episodes later, I've learned a lot.

14 Recommended Books for Arab American Heritage Month and Poetry Month

April is both "Arab-American Heritage Month" and the US's "National Poetry Month." At the intersection of these two spaces, we find some exceptional writing.

Read & Listen: Ursula Le Guin’s ‘Weird & Enjoyable’ Electronica Album

Ursula K Le Guin (1929-2018) died this January after gifting the world dozens of wide, lyric, deep, and densely imagined ...

Are You Suffering from One of These Literary Illnesses?

AMISOBIBLIMIA. XENOBIBLIEGRA. ANTIPOEMIA. Do you suffer from one of these literary illnesses, all caused by bookish malnutrition?

7 Reading Recommendations from Prof. Joe Farag’s Palestinian Literature Syllabus

Up your reading game with some highly recommended Palestinian literature in translation.

On the Great Joy of Reading Aloud

In 2013, The Guardian suggested reading aloud was coming back into fashion. That might be an overstatement. But, in our family's life, it fills an emotional and entertainment niche that nothing else does.

Should Science Choose the Books for Your Baby?

A new study suggests books with "named characters" are better for infants' brain development. Should you let scientists choose your baby's books?

Of the 70 Writers Nominated for the 1967 Nobel, Meet the 5 Women

Get to know the four women who were nominated for the 1967 Nobel.

Kickstart This: Alessandro Spina’s COLONIAL TALES

A reclusive Syrian -- born in Libya -- writing epic novels about the colonial history of Libya, in award-winning Italian? Get interested.

2018 Novels by Iraqi Authors, and Why They Matter

Searches for "Iraq + novel" turn up dozens of lists full of US soldiers' and journalists' stories. Books written by Iraqis are much harder to find.

Travel by Cat: 17 Feline Kids’ Books from Around the World

Looking for a gift for that young person in your life who's both cat-lover and bibilophile, and who wants to read the world? We've got 17 suggestions.