El-Tayyib Salih

The great Sudanese writer El-Tayyib Salih has passed away. His best-known novel, "Season of Migration to the North," is wonderful, and ends with a scene that I find mysterious, affecting and perfect every time I read it. 

Moroccan-American author Laila Lalami (who wrote the introduction to a recent re-issue of the novel) has nice round-up of press reactions in Arabic. I haven't found much in English yet, except for the Sudan Tribune.

Ursula Lindsey

Ursula Lindsey is the managing editor of the Arabist blog. She writes about culture, education and politics in the Arab world. She lived in Cairo from 2002 to 2013 and got her start at the ground-breaking independent magazine Cairo Times. She was the culture editor of Cairo magazine in 2005-2006 and served as special projects editor at the independent news site Mada Masr in 2013-2014. She is the Chronicle of Higher Education's Middle East correspondent. She contributes to the BBC-PRI radio program The World, and has written for Newsweek, The New York Times, The New Yorker online, Bookforum and the blog of the London Review of Books.