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  • Ibrahim Abdel Meguid is an award-winning Egyptian novelist and author. He was born in Alexandria in 1946 and studied philosophy at Alexandria University. He obtained his BA in 1973 and moved to Cairo the following year. He published his first novel around the same time. Among his best known works are Birds of Amber, No One Sleeps in Alexandria and The Other Place. These have been translated into English and French. Abdel Meguid won the inaugural Naguib Mahfouz Medal for The Other Place.


  • Inga Ābele is a Latvian author of prose, poetry and drama.  Translations of her books have been published in Lithuania, Sweden, Denmark, France, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and the USA.



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    Nigerian novelist and poet Chinua Achebe is best known for his first novel and magnum opus Things Fall Apart (1958). Achebe was nominated for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 1994 and 2004, and he was a Neustadt Prize jury member in 1974.



  • Robert Adams is an American photographer.



  • Niyi Afolabi teaches Luso-Brazilian literature, Yoruba, and African diaspora studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of The Golden Cage: Regeneration in Lusophone African Literature and Culture and editor of The Afro-Brazilian Mind and Marvels of the African World, among others. He read this poem in honor of Mia Couto at the Neustadt banquet.


  • Sharbari Zohra Ahmed is an author of fiction, short stories and screenplays.



  • Shaheen Akhtar is the author of five collections of short stories and three novels—Palabar Path Nei (No Escape Route); Talaash (The Search); and Shokhi Rongomala. Talaash won the Best Book of the Year Award for 2004 from Prothom Alo, the largest-circulation daily newspaper in Bangladesh. The English translation of the novel was published in 2011 by Zubaan Books, Delhi, India. Akhtar has also edited the three-volume Soti O Swotontora: Bangla Shahitye Nari about the portrayal of women in Bengali literature. She currently works for Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), a human rights / legal aid organization in Dhaka, Bangladesh.


  • Gülten Akın is a Turkish poet and author of short plays.


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