After making the 2022 Eric Hoffer Book Award Grand Prize short list last month, Nektaria Anastasiadou’s bestselling debut novel A Recipe for Daphne (Hoopoe, 2021), set among Istanbul’s Rum Orthodox Christians, received an honorable mention in the General Fiction

The winner of the 2021 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize is Rasha Adly’s novel, Shaghaf, “superbly translated” into English by Sarah Enany as The Girl with Braided Hair, published by Hoopoe (2020), the AUC Press literary imprint.

“We are delighted …

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Peter Daniel, a long-term resident of Egypt, has worked as a teacher of Arabic as a foreign language and an Arabic-to-English translator for many years. In this interview, he looks at the challenges he faced translating Ashraf El–Ashmawi’s The Lady

Ever since Nektaria Anastasiadou’s A Recipe for Daphne came out (Hoopoe, 2021), so many readers have posted comments about the novel!

“A wonderful companion”


“An emotional story full of longing and laughter”

“Eagerly await your next story”

“[A] gem”…


In this Hoopoe podcast with Ashraf El-Ashmawi, the award-winning Egyptian author of the intriguing novel The Lady of Zamalek, translated by Peter Daniel (Hoopoe, 2021), tells us about his characters and the various ladies of Zamalek, the historical …

Basma Abdel Aziz is an award-winning writer, sculptor, and psychiatrist, specializing in treating victims of torture. A weekly columnist for Egypt’s al-Shorouk newspaper, she was named a Foreign Policy Global Thinker, and a Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute top influencer in the …

Stephen Lee is a voice artist,  actor, and poet from London. With numerous credits in voicework for Sega, MOX Creative, Words and Pics, and Book Buddy Media, as well as screenwork for NBC and the Amazon Prime series, Hanna, …


A Recipe for Daphne by Nektaria Anastasiadou (Hoopoe, 2021)


The story:

An American-born traveler to one of Istanbul’s oldest communities receives an unexpected welcome in this heart-warming and romantic debut.

Fanis is at the center of a dwindling …

On March 30, Syrian writer and journalist Rana Haddad, author of The Unexpected Love Objects of Dunya Noor (Hoopoe) was invited to talk about her novel on ‘Middle East Matters,’ a weekly show on the French international news …

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