EXCITING BOOK NEWS

Congrats to Daniel Gumbiner and his book The Boatbuilder, which has just been long-listed for the 2018 National Book Award For Fiction!

The Peculiar Arab Chronicles

2011 COLUMN CONTEST WINNER

Nour is an Egyptian girl in her late teens; she is an Asian-sized person with a very long tongue. This description is neither literal nor perverted; it’s an Arabic metaphor for the tendency to be a smart ass with no manners. How she is so small is one of the world’s wonders, because if food were a crime, she would most certainly get life without the possibility of parole, if not the death penalty (death by sautéing, I presume). She likes and dislikes way too many things. Oh, and she is not big on charity.