#TranslatedLit Comma Press: Reading the City Anthologies by Becca Parkinson

Since its inception, Comma Press has aimed to put short stories at the heart of narrative culture. We specialise in the form for a multitude of reasons, but to mention just a few, publishing short stories is an attempt to democratise literature, to call for pluralism, and to identify cutting-edge and often marginalised voices from … Continue reading #TranslatedLit Comma Press: Reading the City Anthologies by Becca Parkinson

#GlobalPRIDELitMonth: The Others, An Anonymous Arabic Novel from Saudi Arabia

“[This book] could be the most controversial novel to emerge in our times, not just from Saudi Arabia, but from the whole of the Arab world.”Al-Hayat The Others follows an unnamed narrator - a young Shi’i woman living in the Eastern Province of predominantly Sunni Saudi Arabia - as she navigates college life during the … Continue reading #GlobalPRIDELitMonth: The Others, An Anonymous Arabic Novel from Saudi Arabia

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: Meet Reviewer Marcia Lynx Qualey

Marcia Lynx Qualey is a Rabat, Morocco-based translator from Arabic and an all-around champion of #worldkidlit—in fact, she coined the term! Previously based in Cairo, Marcia co-founded #WorldKidLit Month (September) with Alexandra Büchler and Lawrence Schimel in 2016, creating a platform to discuss translations into English for children—especially translations from underrepresented languages and cultures. The … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: Meet Reviewer Marcia Lynx Qualey

The Woman from Tantoura by Radwa Ashour

Of all the novels I have read about older women this has aroused the strongest emotions in me. The woman, Ruqayya, 70, has held the grief of her family as well as her own suffering since she was 12. Ruqayya was born in a village that was claimed for the new state of Israel, and … Continue reading The Woman from Tantoura by Radwa Ashour

The story so far

This is the story so far in my August sojourn among older women in fiction around the world. We are well into the month and just starting week three. In the first two weeks I have selected some fiction from North America and was gratified by the readership and comments on the posts. I moved … Continue reading The story so far

Publisher Spotlight: Tiny Owl Publishing

Founded by wife and husband duo Delaram Ghanimifard and Karim Arghandehpour in 2015, Tiny Owl publishing is one of the most exciting players in the world of children’s books today. Their creed is simple—bring the beauty of Persian culture and literature to the rest of the world. The elegance of this core tenet comes about … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: Tiny Owl Publishing

Publisher Spotlight: Lantana Press

Lantana Publishing is a young, driven publisher with a concrete goal and the know-how to get it done well. Dedicated to providing a platform for BAME authors and illustrators, this publisher delivers consistently excellent quality, as their titles have been nominated for a ridiculous number of awards given their youth and size.   Spotlighted Title: … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: Lantana Press

The Battle for Home: The Memoir of a Syrian Architect

Reviewed by Professor Mahmoud Zain al-Abidin Two years ago, The Battle for Home : Memoir of a Syrian Architect was released in the English language by Thames & Hudson publishers in London. The writer, Syrian architect Marwa al-Sabouni, shared in her book illustrations for the architectural buildings in her city, Homs, the third largest city … Continue reading The Battle for Home: The Memoir of a Syrian Architect

Publisher Spotlight: The Library of Arabic Literature (NYU Press)

The Library of Arabic Literature is published by NYU University and is dedicated to bringing the classics of the Arabic world to English-speaking audiences all around the world. Focusing on titles from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries, the idea behind the Library of Arabic Literature is to showcase clear translations from a wide range of … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: The Library of Arabic Literature (NYU Press)