SOMAYA RAMADAN was born in Cairo in 1951. She received her Ph.D. in English from Trinity College, Dublin. She is a lecturer in English and translation at the National Academy of Arts. Leaves of Narcissus was awarded the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature in 2001. MARILYN BOOTH is associate professor of comparative and world literature and women and gender studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is the translator of Thieves in Retirement by Hamdi Abu Golayyel (AUC Press, 2007).