In Cairo Today: Meet the ‘Arabic Booker’ Judges

At 6 p.m. today, at Qasr al-Amir Taz (27 Al-Suyufiya Street, branching off from al-Saliba Street, Al-Khalifa area near the Citadel, Old Cairo) the public is invited to meet with the judges of the 2012 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF).

Earlier in the day, at an 11 a.m. press conference, the names of the judges will be revealed along with the six titles on this year’s shortlist.

Then, at 6 p.m., the IPAF will offer members of the reading (and non-reading) public the chance to meet the prize’s 2012 judges and ask about the new shortlist, the judging process, contemporary Arabic literature, and anything else that crosses folks’ minds.

The panel event and Q&A will be followed, I understand, by an informal drinks reception.

NOTE: I do not know how to update ArabLit remotely. So I will go to the 11 a.m. press conference, listen, record, take notes, interview judges, dilly dally, go home on the metro (then the bus, then another bus), and write up my story. If you need to know who’s on the list sooner, I hope that IPAF organizers will be updating the website.


  1. This makes me really long for Cairo. Enjoy yourself!

  2. See you there Marcia… BTW, you did not write about Sawiris Goundation awards…. Our novel “planet amber” won the first prize for young authors… كوكب عنبر للكاتب محمد ربيع.
    One of novels accomplished during the creative writing workshops ” First Novel” and Supervised by Yasser Abdel Latif.

    My deepest regards and see you today.

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