Aug 30, 2012 — Novelist Bernard Cornwell returns to Saxon England while Libyan writer Hisham Matar delivers a tale of loss and Madeline Miller's debut reimagines The Iliad. In nonfiction, Sally Jacobs examines Obama's father, and Jim Steinmeyer recalls a magician who rivaled Houdini.
Sep 8, 2011 — In his novel Anatomy of a Disappearance, Hisham Matar tells the tale of a father kidnapped — much like his own. Matar's father, a vocal opponent of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, disappeared 20 years ago. No one knows if he is dead or alive. "Living in hope is a really terrible thing," Matar says.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of Cairo Modern by Naguib Mahfouz and William M. Hutchins. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of Anatomy of a Disappearance: A Novel by Hisham Matar. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
May 31, 2011 — The season of pleasure reading is upon us, and the publishing world has readied a handful of thrilling titles to be released just in time for the summer heat. After surveying the crop, here are our picks for fun reading in the sun.
Mar 9, 2011 — Egypt is an old country brimming with a young population. Yasmine Mariam Kloth, a young Egyptian-American writer, offers a literary crash course on the country's vibrant history and culture.
Nov 20, 2007 — In the new graphic novel, Cairo, five strangers — a drug runner, a journalist, an American ex-pat, a troubled student, and an Israeli soldier — find themselves on a quest to recover a powerful stolen hookah. The thriller is written by G. Willow Wilson and drawn by M.K. Perker.
Dec 11, 2006 — It's the time of the year again when we're thinking about what gifts we might give to our family and friends. To our book guide Alan Cheuse, of course, "gift" means "books." Here are some of his recommendations.