Details about the Zaidan Foundation (including the Conference but with much else about the activities of the Foundation) can be seen by clicking on: www.zaidanfoundation.org
The first novel sponsored by the Foundation and translated by Roger Allen (a leading scholar who also translated Naguib Mahfouz's Nobel wining book) is called The Conquest of Andalusia (فتح الاندلس) and it is available on Amazon at this link.:
Below are the Press Release and Flyer for that novel. Four other novels will be published before the Conference so keep an eye out for them. I ham also including a biography of the author at the end of this blog entry (taken from http://www.al-hakawati.net/english/Arabpers/jurji-zaidan.asp)
BIOGRAPHY OF JURJI ZAIDAN:
Original appears at http://www.al-hakawati.net/english/Arabpers/jurji-zaidan.asp
Jurji Zaidan (1861-1914)
Jurji Zaidan was born in Beirut, Lebanon, on December 14, 1861. His family belonged to the Greek Orthodox community, but religion does not seem to have played an important role in the daily life of the family. Zaidan described his family as living in "average circumstances", but his autobiography indicates that he grew up in very modest conditions. He received a rudimentary education as his father sent him to work in the small family restaurant from age 11. Zaidan senior, himself illiterate, did not encourage any education beyond simple reading and writing. However, at the age of nineteen Jurji took the entrance examination of the Syrian Protestant College and enrolled in its school of medicine. From these beginnings, Zaidan went on to become a well-established scholar and respected member of the community.