Kaouther Jelassi and the International Prize for Arabic Fiction photographer Yahya Gabous captured many of the sights and sounds from the shortlist announcement:

Tunisia's Minister of Culture, Mehdi Mabrouk. Credit: Yahya Gabous
Tunisia’s Minister of Culture, Mehdi Mabrouk. Credit: Yahya Gabous

Judges discuss why they chose particular novels:

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The five judges. Credit Kaouther Jelassi.
The five judges. Credit Kaouther Jelassi.
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Judges Barbara Michalak-Pikulska and Galal Amin conferring; Ali Ferzat laughing.

Judges Ali Ferzat, Sobhi Boustani, and Zahia Smail Salhi sharing a joke. Credit Kaouther Jelassi
Judges Ali Ferzat, Sobhi Boustani, and Zahia Smail Salhi sharing a joke. Credit Kaouther Jelassi

Judge Zahia Smail Salhi addresses the topic of novels and the “Arab Spring”:

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Ali Ferzat again. Credit Kaouther Jelassi.
Ali Ferzat again. Credit Kaouther Jelassi.

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The audience asks questions, judges respond:

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From the evening's musical ensemble. Credit: Kaouther Jelassi.
From the evening’s musical ensemble. Credit: Kaouther Jelassi.