Miral al-Tahawy is an Egyptian writer, novelist and academic, born in Ash Sharqia Governorate, Egypt, in 1968. She currently works as professor of Arabic literature at the College of World Languages and Translation, the University of Arizona. Her most well-known works include: The Tent (1995), The Blue Aubergine (1998), winner of the 2002 State Incentive Prize for the Novel in Egypt, The Strumming of the Gazelles (2002), and Brooklyn Heights (2010), shortlisted for the 2011 International Prize for Arabic Fiction and winner of the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature, awarded by the American University in Cairo. Her novels have been translated into more than twenty languages worldwide. She has also published a volume of short stories and academic studies, and has taught at universities in Virginia, North Carolina and the College of Sciences in Al-Fayoum University.