The professional program at the Riyadh fair hears from IPA’s president on challenges and potentials for Arab literature and publishing.
The fair’s programming featured 229 sessions during the week, engaging 315 speakers and guests, their comments streamed from the show.
The author, an aeronautical engineer, was longlisted in 2019 for ‘Women of the Five Senses.’ He wins for ‘Notebooks of the Bookseller.’
Questions of fidelity to a text were among topics discussed by Marilyn Booth, Michael Cooperson, and Hamed Al Ghaithi.
Six titles are shortlisted for the 2021 International Prize for Arabic Fiction. Its recognized novels have been translated into some 30 languages.
Novels from Yemen, Tunisia, Morocco, Iraq, Sudan, Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait are on this year’s longlist.
Set during the French colonial rule over Algeria in the early 19th century, The Spartan Court by Abdelouahab Aissaoui wins the 2020 International Prize for Arabic Fiction.
Said by the jurors to ‘inspire questions about the destiny of the Arabic individual,’ six novels compete for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction.
Of 16 authors shortlisted for the 2020 International Prize for Arabic Fiction, seven have been honored in the award cycles of previous years.
The Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation is one of eight awards that will have their winners named in London on February 12.