William Maynard Hutchins, who is based in North Carolina, was educated at Berea, Yale, and the University of Chicago. He began learning Arabic while teaching at the Gerard School for Boys in Sidon, Lebanon. During his time teaching at the University of Ghana in Legon he began translating the plays of Tawfiq al-Hakim, and later published a two-volume collection (published by Three Continents Press). He was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant for literary translation in 2005-2006 for his translation from Arabic of The Seven Veils of Seth by the Saharan Tuareg author Ibrahim al-Koni (Garnet Publishing) and again in 2011-2012 for a translation of New Waw by Ibrahim al-Koni.

His translations have appeared on wordswithoutborders.org and brooklynrail.org and in Banipal Magazine of Modern Arabic Literature.

His translations of Arabic novels include Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, Sugar Street, and Cairo Modern by Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz (Anchor Books), Basrayatha: Portrait of a Cityby Muhammad Khudayyir (Verso, 2007), The Last of the Angels (The Free Press, 2007) and Cell Block 5 (Arabia Books, 2008) and The Traveler and the Innkeeper ( The American University in Cairo Press) by Fadhil al-Azzawi, Return to Dar al-Basha by Hassan Nasr (Syracuse University Press), and Anubis (The American University in Cairo Press, 2005) and Puppet (Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas, 2010) by Ibrahim al-Koni. His latest translations are: The Diesel by Thani al-Suwaidi (ANTIBOOKCLUB), a revision of his translation of Return of the Spirit by Tawfiq al-Hakim (Lynne Rienner Publishers), The Grub Hunter by Amir Tag Elsir (Pearson African Writers Series), and A Land Without Jasmine by Wajdi al-Ahdal (Garnet).


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