The International Prize for Arabic Fiction shortlist is set to be announced today in Casablanca as the city’s 21st annual international book fair opens:

The press conference is set to begin in Casablanca at 10 a.m. GMT, with an announcement of the six-novel shortlist around 10:50 a.m.

The year’s judges will also be revealed at the same time.

This year’s longlist was selected from a record 180 entries and includes authors from ten different countries.

Title Author Country of origin Publisher
A Suspended Life Atef Abu Saif Palestine Al-Ahlia
Far from Clamour, Close to Silence Mohammed Berrada Morocco Le Fennec
Drowning in Lake Morez Antoine Douaihy (interview) Lebanon Dar al-Mourad
The American Neighbourhood (review) Jabbour Douaihy (interview) Lebanon Saqi Books
Floor 99 Jana Elhassan(interview) Lebanon Difaf Publications
Diamonds and Women Lina Huyan Elhassan Syria Dar al-Adab
Don’t Tell Your Nightmare! Abdel Wahab al-Hamadi Kuwait Al-Markez al-Thaqafi al-Arabi
Female Voices Maha Hassan Syria Dar Tanweer, Lebanon
Riyam and Kafa Hadia Hussein(interview) Iraq Arab Institute for Research and Publishing
Sharp Turn (review) Ashraf al-Khamaisi (interview) Egypt Al-Dar al-Masriya al-Lubnaniya
Graphite Hisham al-Khashin Egypt Maktabat al-Dar al-Arabiyya lil Kitab
The Italian Shukri al-Mabkhout Tunisia Dar Tanweer, Lebanon
Willow Alley Ahmed al-Madeeni Morocco Al-Markez al-Thaqafi al-Arabi
The Daughter of Suslov Habib Abdulrab Sarori Yemen Saqi Books
The Size of a Grape Muna al-Sheemi Egypt Al-Hadara
The Longing of the Dervish Hamour Ziada (interview) Sudan Dar al-Ain


The guest of honor at this year’s Casablanca book fair is Palestine.