Announced in Amman, the six books and their authors shortlisted for this year’s International Prize for Arabic Fiction are now in contention for a US$50,000 purse and English translation. They represent authors with ties to seven nations.
‘Governments need to be convinced that the scourge of piracy is a problem for them and for their countries’ evolving economies,” IPA’s José Borghino tells the Arab Publishers Association’s conference in Tunisia.
Censorship concerns many in the worldwide book publishing industry today. The Arab Publishers Association conference this month addressed the issue specifically in the Arab world.
With a prize of US$50,000 and funding for translation into English, the International Prize for Arabic Fiction enters its second decade with a longlist of 16 novels that ‘bring to life the tragic distortions and dreams of these societies.’
Six writers and their mentors are beginning the ninth annual Abu Dhabi desert nadwa program of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction.
As the 11-day Sharjah International Book Fair is formally opened to the public, its chief patron warns of the importance of the ‘light’ of literature.
Together with an invited audience of hundreds of international publishing industry representatives, the emirate’s ruler opens Sharjah Publishing City.
As book publishing players gather for next week’s grand opening of Sharjah Publishing City in the UAE, the next stage of its facilities are being planned.
During Göteborg Book Fair, the Sharjah-based Kalimat Foundation supports Arabic-language young readers with new books for 25 Swedish library programs.
Calling for ‘a more open dialogue regionally and internationally,’ Bodour Al Qasimi accepts UNESCO’s designation of Sharjah as World Book Capital 2019.