Six titles were on the shortlist for the second annual “Prix de la littérature arabe,” co-sponsored by the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation and the Arab World Institute.
World literary awards are plentiful, although credible, transparent, and interesting ones less so. The Mohamed Choukri Foundation, named for the celebrated Moroccan author, recently announced the establishment of one in Choukri’s name.
The Peninsula Qatar reported on Thursday that the Katara Novel Prize — which seems to be Qatar’s answer to the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) and Sheikh Zayed Book Award — is moving forward. The prize committee announced Wednesday that they’d received 220 entries ahead of the October 31 deadline.
As it closed last Wednesday, the Cairo International Book Fair handed out its award. Unfortunately for this year’s winners, this year’s prize has become not for its winning books, but for its secrecy and strange decisions.
The Katara Cultural Village has announced that the organization is set to launch a $200,000 award for Arabic novel.
I’m late to this, but the first ever Emirates Novel Award (@UAENovelAward) announced three finalists for its Best Short Novel (17,000 – 40,000 words) category last Thursday.
Last night, Egypt’s ninth annual Sawiris Cultural Awards were announced at a ceremony at the Cairo Opera House, and authors Mahmoud al-Wardani, Huda Ahmed, Yasser Abdellatif, and Mohamed Abdelnaby were given top literary honors.
Eight titles were shortlisted for the first-ever ‘Prix de la Jeune Litterature Arabe.’ Douaihy won the prize for his St. George Was Looking Away, trans. Stephanie Dujols ( شريد المنازل).
The festival, which will take place on the University of Oklahoma campus from October 29 – November 1, will spotlight Palestinian-American novelist Naomi Shihab Nye, who is set to receive the $25,000 2013 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature.
Ferial Ghazoul and John Verlenden — both at the American University in Cairo — have won this year’s University of Arkansas Arabic Translation Award for their collection “Chronicles of Majnun Layla and Selected Poems of Qassim Haddad,” by Bahrain’s great living poet.
Ben East of The National interviewed 2015 Man Booker International judge Wen-chin Ouyang, professor of Arabic and comparative literature at SOAS, about whether she might be waving the flag for Arab writers over the next two years.