Mai Al-Nakib & Tom Barbash (2014 event)
Kuwaiti author Mai Al-Nakib is a thrilling new voice from the Middle East. Educated at Brown University in the USA, her debut short story collection The Hidden Light of Objects peels away the private struggles of adolescence, marriage and middle age with a unique Kuwaiti-American perspective to stunning effect. Tom Barbash is an acclaimed, bestselling San Francisco writer whose new book Stay Up With Me has been glowingly described as ‘the Great American Story Collection’. In this event, recorded live at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, they read and discuss their work. Since the event, Mai Al-Nakib has been announced as the winner of the Book Festival's 2014 Readers First Book Award.