By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson
Digital Program Features Comments From WinnersWhen they made their winners’ announcement on April 8, as Publishing Perspectives readers will recall, organizers of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award said that they’d stream an online presentation on Thursday (April 16).
The Abu Dhabi offices of the program have announced that the digital ceremony of its 14th annual awards will be livestreamed on YouTube this Thursday at 5 p.m. GST in the United Arab Emirates (1 p.m. GMT; 2 p.m. BST; 9 a.m. ET).
You’ll find the Web cast on the program’s YouTube page, and you can set a reminder at that page now.
It’s expected that each winner of one of this year’s awards will have a statement as part of the programming, and the online event is to be hosted by Dr. Ali Bin Tamim, secretary general of the Sheikh Zayed Book Awards, accompanied by the Abu Dhabi television journalist Suhail Al Subaidi.
The Zayed program—closely followed by readers of Publishing Perspectives—approved its slate of award recipients in Abu Dhabi on March 18 in a meeting led by Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan.
With a purse of 750,000 UAE dirhams (US$204,181) in each of its eight book categories, the Sheikh Zayed program additionally offers 1 million dirhams (US$272,242) to the winner of its Cultural Personality of the Year honor. This makes it the richest prize program in Arabic literature awards, and in several categories, publishers of its winners are granted translation and marketing funding to help expand the presence of Arabic work in world markets.
In every case, a winner is also given a gold medal with the award program’s logo and a certificate of merit.
Normally, the program’s award ceremony is one of the most opulent in world publishing and held in conjunction with the start of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. Last year, the Sheikh Zayed Book Award’s winners’ presentation was staged at the Louvre Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island.
At this writing, the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center in its 4:50 a.m. ET update (0850 GMT), cites 4,521 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United Arab Emirates, with 25 deaths.
2020 Sheikh Zayed Book Award Category Winners
Recapping for you here the winners of the 2020 Sheikh Zayed Book Awards:
Cultural Personality of the Year
- Palestinian poet, writer, translator, and anthologist Salma Khadra Al Jayyusi for what’s described by the prize program as her profound contribution to Arabic literature and culture
- Belkas ma Qabl Al Akheera (The Penultimate Cup) by Moncef Ouhaibi of Tunisia (Meskeliani Publishing and Distribution, 2019)
- ilm Al Kalam Al Islami fi Derasat al Mustashrikeen Al Alman (Islamic Theology in the Studies of German Orientalists) by the Iraqi writer Hayder Qasim (Al Rawafed Culture and Nadim Edition, 2018)
- Al Fatat Al Lialakia (The Lilac Girl) by the Palestinian writer Ibtisam Barakat (Tamer Institute for Community Education, 2019)
Publishing and Technology
- Banipal Magazine, London
Arabic Culture in Other Languages
- The Thousand and One Nights and 20th Century Fiction: Intertextual Readings by Richard van Leeuwen (Brill Publishers, 2018)
- Al-Insan Al-Romantiqi (L’Homme Romantique) by Georges Gusdorf, translated by Mohamed Ait Mihoub from Tunisia (Dracher Sinatra/ Tunis Institute for Translation, 2018)
More from Publishing Perspectives on the Sheikh Zayed Book Award is here, more on Arabic literature is here, more on translation is here, and more on children’s books is here. Publishing Perspectives is the media partner of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award.
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