When children’s author Balázs Zágoni began a science fiction novel for young adults, he imagined life 50 years ahead in Eastern Europe. His first novel, Sphere (“A Gomb”), hit bookstores in May, launching in Budapest, Hungary, and the author’s hometown of Cluj, Romania. “I grew up in Communist Romania until I was 13,” Balázs said.
Author Samy Maarouf of Lebanon often gets inspired by his frequent talks with inmates. “I hear a lot of tragedies and true stories,” he said. In the last five years, five of his novels have been published, including an e-book that was posted online chapter by chapter. His second novel, The Lost Dances, (Dar Al
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