The Beirut39 authors


The meeting of these 39 authors was the result of a widespread call to readers, publishers, literary agents and authors all over the Arab speaking world to put forward their own candidates. The event was also a perfect occasion to read and debate over contemporary narrative in the Arab world.

Read the 39 authors’ biographies

The ‘39 authors under 39’ were chosen by a jury of four well-known and respected Arab writers, academics and journalists: Abdo Wazen, Saif al-Rahbi, Alawiya Sobh and Dr Gaber Asfour.

Hay Festival announced the 39 selected authors at Frankfurt Book Fair on 16 October 2009.


Click here to download the list of 39 selected authors in Arabic and English

abdullah thabit
abdelaziz errachidi
abdelkader benali
abderrahim elkhassar
abderrazak boukebba
abdellah taia
adania shibli
ahmad saadawi
ahmad yamani
ala hlehel
yahya amqassim
bassim al ansar
dima wannous
faiza guene
hala kawtharani
hamdy el gazzar
hussein al abri
hussein jelaad
hyam yared
islam samhan
joumana haddad
kamel riahi
mansour el souwaim
mansoura ez eldin
mohammad hassan alwan
mohamad salah al azab
nagat ali
najwa binshatwan
najwan darwish
nazem el sayed
rabee jaber
randa jarrar
rosa yassin hassan
samar yezbek
samer abou hawwash
wajdi al ahdal
yassin adnan
youssef rakha
zaki baydoun