• Mosaic Theater

THURS. FEB 4 | "Following The Books: A Journey Alongside Arabic Literature" with M. Lynx Q

Pre-show beginning at 6:00 PM, and continuing after the 8:00 PM performance, join us for a post-show discussion with M. Lynx Qualey (Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016) and Sarah Browning (Split This Rock)

Tickets at: "I Shall Not Hate" 8 pm Thursday, February 4th


M. Lynx Qualey should have been a Russianist and a translator of Russian literature. But Hanan al-Shaykh, Naguib Mahfouz, Zayd Mutee Dammaj, and others took hold of her imagination and sent her on trips that began on the page and became concrete in Cairo in April 2001. In 2009, MLQ launched "ArabLit," a website that brings together translators, publishers, authors, readers, students, academics, travelers, librarians, and others interested in Arabic literature. Arabic literature and "real" life have intermingled ever since.

This event is part of Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016, a book arts and cultural festival organized for January through March 2016, throughout the Washington, D.C. area. Exhibits, programs, and events will commemorate the 2007 bombing of Baghdad’s historic bookselling street, and celebrate the free exchange of ideas and knowledge, to stand in solidarity with the people of Iraq, who have endured so much; and with people at home and abroad who are unable to make their voices heard. Book sellers, who survived the bombing, rebuilt their stores and are once again in business. They sell works by Sunnis, Shiites, Christians, and Jews, children's books, and progressive publications from around the world.

The Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here project began as a call from San Francisco poet Beau Beausoleil in 2007 for writers, and it quickly moved on to incorporate artists, artist books and printmakers all who are responding to bear witness to a tragic loss of a center of literacy and humanity in Iraq. Al-Mutanabbi Street was a street of booksellers, printers, and readers, a street where people still felt “safe” among all the words and books. This is the project’s starting point: where language, thought, and reality reside; where memory, ideas, and even dreams wait patiently in their black ink.

Project Partners:

George Mason University’s School of Art and George Mason University Libraries, Split This Rock, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, McLean Project for the Arts, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at The George Washington University, Busboys and Poets, Georgetown University, Cultural DC, Smithsonian Libraries, Brentwood Arts Exchange, Northern Virginia Community College, George Mason University Student Media and Fourth Estate Newspaper.


Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016 is made possible in part by grants from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities. Additional support received from the College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University. Busboys and Poets is also a major sponsor. The Jerusalem Fund is a co-sponsor of our translation workshops.

To learn more, visit the festival website at www.amsshdc2016.org.



Atlas Performing Arts Center

1333 H Street NE

Washington, DC 20002


202-399-7993 ext 2


Monday-Friday, 11 AM to 2 PM; 3 PM to 6 PM

In person: 2 hours prior to show on show days

Box office does NOT take calls two hours prior to a show's curtain, but will return all voice messages left during that time.

Will Call opens one hour prior to curtain.

Patrons who arrive late will be seated at the discretion of management.