Beirut 39

A legacy of Beirut's selection as the 2009 World Book Capital by UNESCO, the volume, produced in collaboration with the Hay Festival, collects stories, poems, and excerpts from novels composed by 39 of the most promising young writers in Arab literature.

July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.