Alaa Al-Aswany's book, The Yacoubian Building, depicts life in a Cairo apartment building.
Carlos Monsivais' books include Mexican Postcards.
Melania Mazzucco sets her books in both New York and Rome. Vita: A Novel is set in 1903 New York.
Orhan Pamuk's book, Istanbul, paints a compelling journey through the city.
Paolo Lins' City of God will be translated into English later this year.
Suketu Mehta's Maximum City explores Mumbai's underbelly.