About M. Lynx Qualey

M. Lynx Qualey lives in Cairo, Egypt, where she writes about Arabic literature. She blogs daily at http://arablit.wordpress.com, and you can follow her at @arablit.

Chinua Lives

It is strange and rare for a serious author to achieve the sort of near-universal good will that Chinua Achebe was granted. After all, as Chinua said, “Writers don’t give prescriptions, they give headaches!” Oh, yes, Chinua’s friends loved him:…

Reading, 10 Years After the Invasion of Iraq

In an article in this week’s The National, Saul Austerlitz observes that there are “Plenty of factual books on the invasion of Iraq, but surprisingly few novels.” We’ll take “factual,” here, with a grain of post-modern salt. In any case, with an invasion…

Racism and Literature for Children

The other day, I was in a thrift store, clutching a coupon for five free books. I found picture books for my two youngest and some literary fiction for the grown-ups, but was unsure what to buy for my nine-year-old.…

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