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Nov. 7: Moroccan author Youssouf Amine Elalamy discusses his work

Youssouf Amine Elalamy
Youssouf Amine Elalamy

FREDERICK, Maryland—Moroccan author Youssouf Amine Elalamy will discuss his work during a visit to Hood College on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center Commons.

His talk, “Art and Politics in the Arab World from the Colonial to the Contemporary,” will cover the intersection of art and politics and how art has helped shaped modern identity. Much of his writing deals with contemporary issues that spring from old conflicts, and he will be talking about this while using examples of various artists and writers.

Elalamy, Ph.D., is the author of seven books, five of which are novels. While he writes in French, his books have been translated into Arabic, English, Spanish, German, Dutch and Greek. Two of his works, “A Moroccan in New York” and “Sea Drinkers,” have been published in the U.S. in a single volume under the title “Two Novellas by YAE.” These works, along with “Nomad Love,” are available in the Hood College Bookstore. His book “Tqarqib Ennab” has been adapted for stage, and his book “Miniatures” inspired an art exhibit. His collection of short stories, “Gossip,” was the first book entirely written in Darija (Moroccan Arabic).

Born in Morocco, Elalamy lives in Rabat and, since 1985, is a professor at Ibn Tofaïl University in Kenitra, Morocco, where he teaches Stylistics, Art, Communication and Media Studies. In 1991, he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study commercial culture. Affiliated with the New York Institute for the Humanities, he also follows courses on advertising copywriting and advertising layout techniques at the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Parsons School of Design in New York. After three years of studies in New York, he returned to live in Rabat and published “A Moroccan in New York.”

Elalamy is the winner of the “Grand Atlas” literature Prize 2001 and “Le Plaisir de lire” Prize 2010 for his novel Les Clandestins (translated into six languages). He is also the winner of the first edition of the British Council Literature Prize held in 1999 and is the current president of Moroccan PEN International.

Sponsored by the Charlotte Moran Visiting Scholar Fund, this event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Donald Wright at