Alia Yunis is the author of the critically-acclaimed novel The Night Counter (Three Rivers Press/Random House, 2010), which was chosen as a top summer read by the Chicago Tribune and Boston Phoenix.  The Boston Globe called it “poignant and hilarious” and Daily Candy described the life and times of the main character as “madcap.”  For information on the  book and author, please visit her website http://www.aliayunis.com

Alia has worked as a filmmaker and journalist in Los Angeles, Washington DC and the Middle East.

This blog is dedicated to highlighting Middle Eastern film, food, music, art and Arab and Muslim culture.


  1. Dear Mrs Yunis,

    “Der Leserpreis – die besten Buecher 2010“ is a big success in this year again. It is one of the biggest audience bookawards in the German-speaking area. Down to the present midday readers could nominate their favourite books for the Leserpreis 2010.

    Hereby we heartly want to congratulate you: Your book “The Night Ciounter“ was chosen most often by the readers and therefore made it to the shortlist in the category “General Literature“. In each category there are now 35 books for choice. From Friday, 3 December 2010, you can see the Shortlist at this website:


    Now the important phase starts. Here readers can vote for their favourite books until 10 December 2010. On Monday 13th December 2010 the Leserpreis in Gold, Silver and Bronze will be awarded.

    If you like to call your reader’s attention to your nomination and the voting, please link to this website:

    We‘ll keep our fingers crossed!

    With kind regards
    Mirjam Mieschendahl from the LovelyBooks Team

    • Thank you, Mirjam. I feel very honored by this nomination!

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