Miral al-Tahawy was born in Sharqiya in the Egyptian Delta into a Bedouin family of the al-Hanadi tribe. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature and director of the Arabic program at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. Her works include The Tent (AUC Press, 1998), Blue Aubergine (AUC Press, 2002), Gazelle Tracks (Garnet Publishing/AUC Press, 2009), and Brooklyn Heights (AUC Press 2012), and have been published in almost ten languages.
Samah Selim is the translator of Memories of a Meltdown: An Egyptian between Moscow and Chernobyl by Mohamed Makhzangi (AUC Press, 2006), Neighborhood and Boulevard: Reading Through the Modern Arab City by Khaled Ziadeh, Arkansas Award-winner Shajarat al-Durr by Jurji Zaydan, and Brooklyn Heights by Miral al-Tahawy. She won the 2009 Saif Gobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation for her translation of The Collar and the Bracelet (AUC Press, 2008). She is also the author of The Novel and the Rural Imaginary in Egypt, 1880-1985.