Writers from Tunisia, Palestine, Iraq, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States are among those honored today by the world’s most lucrative awards program for Arabic literature.
The Sheikh Zayed Book Award announces shortlists and readies a special program at London Book Fair on the impact of literature prizes on translation.
Twelve Emirati writers appear during London Book Fair as part of the Market Focus Sharjah program, produced with the British Council.
Featuring literature and publishers from the Middle East and France, the Paris-based Maghreb-Orient des Livres event is growing yearly.
Said by the jurors to ‘inspire questions about the destiny of the Arabic individual,’ six novels compete for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction.
Programming a major literature festival in 2020, says festival director Ahlam Bolooki, is about responding to the times: ‘We see questions.’
The World Economic Forum’s 50th anniversary week of meetings at Davos included a session on international philanthropy’s support for sustainability goals.
Arabic-to-English translator Leri Price has won the Banipal Prize for her translation of Syrian author Khaled Khalifa’s novel ‘Death is Hard Work,’
The Sheikh Zayed Book Award’s 2020 literature longlist includes work from Iraq, Sudan, the UAE, Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, Palestine, and Tunisia.
Five of the Sheikh Zayed Book Awards’ nine categories are represented in longlistings reported from Abu Dhabi to date, with more to come.