Kamel Riahi

Guest Lecturer

  • Novelist, critic, broadcaster who produces and presents programmes for radio and television.
  • Initiated and founded Beit al-Riwaya (Centre for the Novel) and behind the Beit al‑Khayal (House of Fiction) salon and creative-writing lab.
  • Since the 1990s regular contributor to Arab and international cultural media.
  • Writes and presents programmes about the novel on Tunisian radio and television: Beit al-Khayal on El Watania 1, and Inhiyaz (Bias) on Radio Tunisie Culture.
  • Run a large number of workshops in creative, journalistic, and critical writing in Tunisia and the Arab world.
  • Contact: kamel.riahi@utoronto.ca

Education :

  • 02-2005: Post Graduate Degree in Arabic Language and Literature - Faculty Of Letters, Arts and Humanities of La Manouba (Tunisia)
  • 06-2011: Bachelor’s Degree in Arabic Language and Literature - University of Tunis (Higher Institute of Language)

Work Experiences:

  • 2022 - 2023: Guest Lecturer, University of Toronto, Canada
  • 2021 - 2022: Writer-in-Residence, Department of English Language and Literature, Carleton University, Canada
  • 2010 - 2018: Ministry of Culture, Director of the Cultural Centers (Al Mohamadiah- ibn khaldoun),Tunisia
  • 2018 - 2021: Ministry of Culture, Director and founder of the House of the Novel, City of  Culture-Tunisia.
  • 2017 - 2021: Presenter and Producer of “Inhiyaz” Radio program, Tunis Cultural Radio Station
  • 2014 - 2021: Creative writing workshops trainer, House of fiction
  • 2000 - 2021: Writer and Literary Critic, Aljazeera-Ultrasawt-rasseef22-TheNewYorkTimes, Doha magazine.
  • 2015 - 2016: Presenter and Producer of House of Fiction “bayt al khayal”, TV program, Tunisian National Television/ al Wataniya 1
  • 2009 - 2010 : Head of the translation department at the Arab Higher Institute for Translation in Algeria.
  • 2005 - 2007: Temporary professor, Higher Institute of Languages in Tunisia.


  • Nawaris al-Dhakira (Seagulls of Memory) – short story collection, 1999.
  • Suriqa Wajhi (My Face Was Stolen) – short story collection, 2001.
  • Al-Mishrat (The Scalpel) – novel, winner of the Comar d’or prize 2006; 2nd edn, Dar al-Junoub, Tunis, 2007; 3rd edn, Dar al-Saqi, Beirut, 2012.
  • Al-Ghorila (Gorilla/One Night in Tunis) ­– novel, 2011.
  • ‘Ashiqat al-Nadhl (The Rouge’s Lovers) – novel, Dar al-Saqi, 2015.
  • Wahid-Sifr lil-Qatil (One-Nil to the Dead Man) – diary, Mediterranean Publications, Milan, Italy, 2018.
  •  Al-Beretta Yaksibu Da’iman (Beretta Always Wins), al-Mutawassit, Milano 2020.


  • Harakat al-Sard al-Riwa’i (The Movement of Fictional Narrative) – Dar Mijdalawi, Jordan, 2005.
  • Al-Kitaba al-Riwa’iya ‘ind Wacini Laraj (The Novels of Wacini Laraj) – Karim Sharif Publications, Tunis, 2009.
  • Thus Spoke Philippe Lejeune ­– Interview in the Hakadha Tahaddatha (Thus Spoke) series, 2010.
  • This Spoke Wacini Laraj­ – Interview in the Hakadha Tahaddatha (Thus Spoke) series, 2010.
  • Nasr Hamed Abu Zeid: Al-Tafkir fi Wajh al-Takfir (Nasr Hamed Abu Zeid: Thinking in the face of takfir) ­– Karim Sharif Publications, Tunis, 2014.
  • Fann al-Riwaya (The Art of the Novel) – Algeria Reads, 2018; 2nd edn, Sotumedias, Tunis, 2019.

Complete works and selections have been translated into French, Italian, English, Portuguese, Swedish, Spanish, Polish, Hebrew and Persian.


  • Ibn Battuta Prize for Memoir in 2018 for Wahid-Sifr lil-Qatil.
  • Academia Prize for best cultural programme on Tunisian television for House of Fiction, 2015
  • Hay Festival Prize for the 39 best Arab writers.
  • Comar d’or Prize for best Tunisian novel 2007 for Al-Mishrat.
  • Only Tunisian writer to be included in the Beirut 39, 2009.
  • Selected as one of the five best writers under forty for the IPAF, 2010.
  • Short Story Prize, Cairo, Diwan al-Arab, 2005.