Award-winning Moroccan novelist and screenwriter Youssef Fadel was born in Casablanca in 1949. During Morocco's 'Years of Lead' he was imprisoned in the notorious Moulay Cherif prison (1974-75). He is the author of A Rare Blue Bird Flies with Me. He lives in Casablanca, Morocco. Alexander Elinson is an associate professor of Arabic at Hunter College of the City University of New York.