The award–a silver medal and cash prize–has been presented each year since 1996. The medal’s presented on December 11, Mahfouz’s birthday. Tonight, it’s to be delivered by Prof. Rasheed el-Enany.

NOTE: The award went to Syrian writer Khalil Sweileh  for his novel Warrak Al-Hub, or Scribe of Love. You can read more about it at the Daily News of Egypt.

The award guarantees translation into English; books are eligible only if they’ve been published in Arabic but not yet in English.

Previous winners:

2008: Hamdi Abu Golayyel, A Dog with No Tail
2007: Amina Zaydan, Red Wine
2006: Sahar Khalifeh, The Image, the Icon, and the Covenant
2005: (*)Yusuf Abu Rayya, Wedding Night
2004: Alia Mamdouh, The Loved Ones
2003: Khairy Shalaby, The Lodging House
2002: (*)Bensalem Himmich, The Polymath
2001: Somaya Ramadan, Leaves of Narcissus
2000: Hoda Barakat, The Tiller of Waters
1999: Edwar al-Kharrat, Rama and the Dragon
1998: Ahlam Mosteghanemi, Memory in the Flesh
1997: Mourid Barghouti, I Saw Ramallah; and (*)Yusuf Idris, City of Love and Ashes
1996: (*)Ibrahim Abdel Meguid, The Other Place; and Latifa al-Zayyat, The Open Door

The stars represent my own favorites of the favorites; however, I have not read the 2006-2008 winners.

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