Elias Khoury is a Lebanese novelist, playwright, and critic, and serves as editor of the Mulhak, the weekly literary supplement of the An-Nahar in Beirut. Professor Khoury is a public intellectual, who plays a major role in the Arabic cultural scene and in the defense of the liberty of expression and democracy. He has published 11 novels, 3 plays, and 4 books of literary criticism. His 1998 book, Gate of the Sun, received the Palestine Prize and was named Le Monde Diplomatique's Book of the Year in 2000. His 2002 novel, Yalo, was shortlisted for the Best Translated Book Award for 2009.