Jonathan Wright’s translation of Saud Alsanousi’s novel involving guest workers in the Gulf takes the 12-year-old Banipal Trust’s award.
Lebanon’s Nasser Jarrous has been fostering understanding between the Arab World and the West by helping open ‘closed markets,’ such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
The Sheik Hamad Award for Translation and International Understanding, from Qatar, is bestowing more than a $1m in prize money over 5 categories.
Nathan Hull of Mofibo describes why he believes the Middle East and North Africa offer vast potential for publishers looking to expand internationally.
A vigorous program is in place to enhance the literary life of Qatar, including strong investment in the National Library and support for publishers.
Though the Doha International Book Fair opened under the cloud of the killings in France, it proved interest in reading is growing in the oil rich country.
Doha’s book fair may be overshadowed by Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, but it has ambitions to raise the cultural profile of Qatar in this fast developing region.
by Chip Rossetti Not many new publishing imprints are feted with a launch party at Windsor Castle hosted by Queen Elizabeth II, but Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing (BQFP), a unique joint venture between the Qatar Foundation and Bloomsbury Publishing, got the royal treatment when it launched last week. The Windsor reception was attended by Sheikha Moza, the consort of the …