Arab America featured an interview with May Rihani, niece of Ameen Rihani and Director of of the George and Lisa Zakhem Kahlil Gibran Chair for Values and Peace at the University of Maryland. She discussed the new translation of The Heart of Lebanon and Rihani’s role as a bridge between the East and the West. Read the full interview here. “The book has a timelessness to it that all readers will enjoy.”
Yassin Adnan’s novel Hot Maroc, translated by Alexander Elinson, was included in Asymptote’s roundup of new translations in July 2021. “The satirical novel, deftly translated by Alexander E. Elinson, is unmistakably Moroccan, but deals with universal issues: political corruption, blowhards and know-it-alls, and internet anonymity.” Read the full review
Two new novels in translation are included in the New York Time’s Globetrotting feature which offers a preview of forthcoming books in translation. Hafez in Love: A Novel by Iraj Pezeshkshad is translated from the Arabic by Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi and Patricia J. Higgins. Hot Maroc: A Novel by Yassin Adnan is translated by Alexander Elinson.
Book Culture featured a Q&A with Alexander Elinson, translator of Hot Maroc by Yassin Adnan. “Hot Maroc is very much about Morocco, its linguistic diversity, the messy political scene there, and how young people are defining a new Moroccan identity.”
Michelle Hartman received the 2020 College Language Association Book Award for Creative Scholarship for Breaking Broken English: Black-Arab Literary Solidarities and the Politics of Language.
Crime Reads recently published an excerpt from Guilt Rules All: Irish Mystery, Detective, and Crime Fiction, edited by Elizabeth Mannion and Brian Cliff. Read the full essay here.
Dewaine Farria, author of the forthcoming novel Revolutions of all Colors, writes about race, patriotism, and public service in The War on the Rocks, a platform for analysis, commentary, debate and multimedia content on foreign policy and national security issues through a realist lens.
Gregory Maxwell Bruce discussed his translation of Shibli Numani’s classic Urdu travelogue on the Ottoman History Podcast. Listen to the interview here.
Elizabeth Mannion and Brian Cliff’s edited volume, Guilt Rules All: Irish Mystery, Detective, and Crime Fiction is included in Crime Read’s annual “Best Crime and Mystery Criticism of 2020.”
Mystery Writers of America nominated Guilt Rules All: Irish Mystery, Detective, and Crime Fiction, edited by Elizabeth Mannion and Brian Cliff, for the 2021 Edgars Award in the Best Critical Book category. The Edgar Allan Poe Awards honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced. The winners will be announced on April 29, 2021.