CORRECTION: Three of the 5 originally noted were from last year’s fest. The remaining two are:
Qatari writer Abdul Aziz al Mahmoud, whose novel The Corsair has just come out in English from BQFP. Al-Mahmoud is one of relatively few Qatari novelists; he recently gave an interview about writing in Qatar to Just Now magazine. He’ll appear at the Oxford Lit Fest with historical novelist Harry Sidebottom. March 24, 10 a.m.
Moroccan novelist Mohammad Achaari, co-winner of the 2011 International Prize for Arabic Fiction, will talk about his novel The Arch and the Butterfly, which should be out in English this fall, also from BQFP. March 24, 2 p.m.