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Ahmed ALAIDY (fiction writer, journalist; b. 1974, Egypt) is a young writer gaining acclaim in Egypt and beyond. Though he had no formal training in literature or creative writing, Mr. Alaidy honed his skills through independent study and working at a small publishing house. He has written stories, scripts, and sitcoms, and in 2003, he published Being Abbas Al Abd. Now in its second printing, the novel was recently the subject of two seminars at the American University in Cairo, one focusing solely on the novel's linguistic techniques. Mr. Alaidy has published several articles for Donia El Ghad , an Arabic language newspaper published in Canada. Currently he is at work on a political novel set against the backdrop of 9/11. He is participating courtesy of the Department of State.

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